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Saigon’s oldest pagoda is distinctive for its elaborate tombs, rare trees and resident bat colonies.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
565 Lac Long Quan, Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam
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Reviewed 4 May 2018

Guys, I'm a very positive person and hate writing negative reviews. But I can save one person, just one, from wasting their time to visit this sorry excuse for a Pagoda it will be worth it. Just terrible. Poorly maintained. In an area that's hard...More

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

It was just another temple to me, but this time the monks were praying and chanting and it was quite lovely. The large bell was ringing and the small gong was being struck, and it appeared the monks were trying to worship as the tours...More

Thank Michaela
Reviewed 17 October 2017

I went during Aug fulll moon, hence there are some may local visit Quite dark inside and full of alters but you are allowed to take photographs. You can combine this with a trip to Chinatown market in D 5 with same direction

Thank ThereseNguyen
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Large temple, in the same garden there are different buildings for a full service, I am impressed with ash cemetery in a multi storeys traditional temple. I wish to be welcomed by a monk, led by points to see and listen to him either alive...More

Thank utkan u
Reviewed 11 May 2017

the place is worship and the temple is best quite and pray deeply from heart and feel very good & makes my day more happy. i will visit again for prayer.

Thank stevebrook
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Built in 1744, this unique temple is the oldest in Ho Chi Minh City. A haven of tranquility where Taoism and Conficianism merge with Buddhism. The pagoda compound includes ornate tombs, a rare bodhi tree and an elegant statue of Quan Tge Am Bo Tat,...More

Thank cebcolpitts
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Visited this Pagoda on a conducted tour on a shore excursion of a Royal Caribbean cruise. This is a must visit place for all tourists to Ho Chi Minh City. Beautiful grounds, many gilded image of dieties.Very solemn place. Beautiful ancient buildings with exotic roofs...More

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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

This place is a little far from the city area. However with Uber, it was easy getting in and out of the area. Many old statues and craftsmanship were different from usual Chinese ones. Spent an hour here and I zipped out of the area...More

Thank Eleen C
Reviewed 2 February 2017

An authentic experience of life and religion in Vietnam. I enjoyed walking up the pagoda to get a view over the city. the grounds were nicely kept and the temple too is interesting. We saw a service in progress. The tall white buddha is one...More

Thank karen w
Reviewed 3 January 2017

When I walked inside the pagoda, there were a spiritual atmosphere that told me about the age of the pagoda. I was impressive by the roofs of the buildings as well as all the pillars, doors,... inside the buildings.

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Response from Quinn P | Reviewed this property |
No, not really! :( The surround area is very messed up and unsafe for tourists! I mean it! Pick pockets are everywhere. And there is no shop that sells Buddhist related items. Sorry, friend! Ben Thanh market is the... More