- Type: Culture
- Localyte author: Visiting Saigon? Ask Gwen
- Built in 1744, it is one of the oldest temples in the city. The temple has gone through many periods of renovation and reconstruction. In front of the altar there are 49 oil lamps and 49 statuettes of bodhisattvas.Giac Lam Pagoda has more than 100 ancient statues, signboards and tablets with pictures of four kinds of precious flowers and four species of sacred animals. In particular, there is a pair of tablets decreed in 1804 by King Gia Long, and two parallel sentences donated by Gia Dinh Citadel Governor Trinh Hoai Due. The pagoda is surrounded by 50 ancient towers with ingenious sculptural lines. Its yard is paved with red square tiles. Both sides of the pathway have many precious ornamental flowers and plants. In front of the pagoda is a big bodhi tree, a gift from Sri Lankan great monk Narada in 1953. In its shade is the statue of Guan Yin Bodhisattva. On one side of the pagoda is a white-flower ochna tree of about 100 years of age. In the front yard is a tower for preserving the remains of monks after their cremation. Giac Lam Pagoda has been recognized as a national historic heritage site.
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- Lạc Long Quân, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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