Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), Ho Chi Minh City

#12 of 37 in Historic Sites in Ho Chi Minh City
Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Enjoy intense colors in an urban sanctuary of Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda), a historic Buddhist pagoda believed to be the oldest temple in Ho Chi Minh City. Standing 65 m (213 ft) tall, this seven story stupa set in a lovely garden with a big Bodhi tree houses countless gilded figures blending Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism. Built in 1744, the temple features a seated statue of the colorful haloed Buddha of Enlightenment with five children climbing all over him, and an elaborate candle holder with images of Buddha. Climb the pagoda and enjoy a panorama of the city from one of its octagonal balconies. Use our Ho Chi Minh City trip builder to visit Chùa Giác Lâm (Giac Lam Pagoda) on your trip to Ho Chi Minh City, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • it's a bigger site with the Giac Lam Pagoda, but also other temples and statues around. quiet, as off the road, and therefore pleasant to visit. no bit miracle, but just nice.  more »
  • They brought us here as part of our cruise tour of HCM. It was interesting. Left one of my painted stones here for pershorerocks (I paint stones for others to find, tag and rehide... fun for kids...  more »
  • Absolutely loved this place! Such a beautiful and peaceful temple in the middle of the city, this is a must visit place as you will learn to appreciate the history and effort that went in to building the place.
  • Good place to visit in HCMC. Other contributors reviews are accurate. Their photos said it all. Read their reviews.

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