Giác Lâm Pagoda (Vietnamese: Chùa Giác Lâm; chữ Hán: 覺林寺, Giác Lâm tự) is a historic Buddhist pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam. Built in 1744, it is one of the oldest temples in the city. It was officially listed as a historical site by the Vietnamese Department of Culture on November 16, 1988 under Decision 1288 VH/QD. The pagoda is located at 118 Lạc Long Quân, in the 23rd ward of Tân Bình district, in the Phú Thọ Hòa region of the city. It stands on Cẩm Sơn, and is also known as Cẩm Đệm and Sơn Can.
It was built by Lý Thụy Long, a native of Minh Hương, in the spring of 1744, i.e., during the season of the Vietnamese new year, during the reign of Nguyễn Phúc Khoát of the Nguyễn Lords, then the ruling family of southern Vietnam. The history chronicles of Gia Định, the then name of the settlement that later became Saigon and then Ho Chi Minh City, written by Trịnh Hoài Đức describes the area as being quite undeveloped at the time, with dense foliage resembling a jungle. The area was surrounded by flower gardens. In its formative years, the temple was a gathering place during the Tết new year and the temple was a scenic lookout on a hill overlooking the Gia Định markets.
Bryce Caster | Jun 15, 2017
Impressive multi-level pagoda from the 18th century. Very nice staff. Compared to the hectic city, this place is unbelievably peaceful.
Dao Tran | Feb 16, 2017
Very historic and interesting temple to learn more about before visiting. Nice place to take an afternoon break or evening chanting. Pagoda is the general term for a tiered tower with multiple eaves, common in Asia outside of India. The ancient Indian Buddhist Stupa exported and recreated in many Asian counties is a "Pagoda." The Pagoda's reason to exist is to house relics and sacred writings.
rizky hermawan | Dec 25, 2017
A very peaceful pagoda, it's also a very beautiful place for photography.
Eli Gaultney | Oct 6, 2016
Old sprawling temple grounds with a school for monks on the grounds. It very much seemed to be a pagoda in use, and not just designed for picture taking. It isn't the most beautiful pagoda I've seen, but it was worth a wonderful walk through the grounds seeing all the monks and nuns attending to their studies and maintaining the grounds.
Tuan dongchi | Feb 20, 2018
Nice old pagoda
Trung Giao | Apr 1, 2018
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Mark Johnson | Jul 19, 2018
A good pagoda. The main tower was closed so we didn't get a chance to go up. It may be worth trying to find out what days the tower is open before you visit as apparently there is a good view from the top. All around a good temple
Tiến Dũng Nguyễn | Jul 19, 2018
a beautiful pagoda... Relaxed place for tourist :D
Ed Andrews | Aug 14, 2018
Quiet and tranquil area to stroll around and take in the history of the land
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