Vietnam is the home to millions of religious followers with diverse spiritual life and myriad religious activities. For a long time, pagodas have become important places for Vietnamese people to express their respect and great attitude to ancestors. For those who are spending day trip in Ho Chi Minh City, Giac Lam Pagoda is such an optimal choice to gain an insight into Vietnam’s religious multicolor picture.
Giac Vien Pagoda has existed since its first construction in 1744, making it the oldest Buddhist temple in Ho Chi Minh City. The original purpose of building Giac Lam Pagoda is a communal place for local people to get together during the Lunar New Year. Experience several renovations, Giac Lam pagoda still preserves its pure spirit of the Saigon’s oldest pagoda. At the contemporary time, the pagoda stands proudly at 118 Lac Long Quan Street, Tan Binh District.
Giac Lam Pagoda highlights
Surrounded by lush green gardens in a very spacious area, Giac Vien Pagoda first makes a great impression on visitors for its massive building structure with three major separated buildings including the main ceremonial hall, the refectory and the Dharma preaching hall and several statues.
First and foremost, you encounter the seven-storey building which is the home to the Buddha. This is seen as a relic of Buddha first built in 1970 under the design of Vinh Hoang. Stepping your foot into its interior, you will have a chance to capture large houses with the image of Buddha, coupled with several Taoist deities. This is the representation of Vietnam’s multicolor culture with Buddha images to depict how Vietnamese people cherish their traditions. Moreover, you will be overwhelmed by giant wooden pillars painted
Head to the ceremonial section, you can catch a glimpse of an amazing Amitabha Buddha which is highlighted by a collection of five Buddha images, thereby creating a sacred atmosphere suitable for both locals and visitors to come and express their attitude for ancestors. What’s more, do not forget to admire the ‘nine dragon altar’ which is an obvious illustration of the Prince Sidharta’s birth.
If you get to the pagoda at the right time when chanting rituals take place, you can get an opportunity to enjoy such meaningful and interesting chanting ritual in the hall by monks of the pagoda.
Giac Lam Pagoda tips
Regarding Vietnamese religious culture, it is very necessary for those paying a visit to pagodas to wear suitable clothes. Moreover, when entering the main hall, you should remove your shoes.
Although Giac Lam Pagoda is not in the downtown, you can approach the destination by taxi or bike. And you do not have to pay fee for the parking.