Saigon - Culture & Sightseeing

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Giac Lam Pagoda -

Believed to be the oldest pagoda in greater HCMC, Giac Lam Pagoda dates from 1744. It's a fantastically atmospheric place full of gilded statues, colourful wall panels (depicting among other things the path to enlightenment as well as the tortures awaiting those condemned to hell) with one of the country's most impressive stupas (32m tall). For the sick and elderly, the pagoda is a minor pilgrimage sight, as it contains a bronze bell that, when rung, is believed to answer the prayers posted by petitioners. Home to several monks, the Buddhist pagoda also incorporates aspects of Taoism and Confucianism. It is well worth the trip out here from the centre and is one of the city's cultural relics118 Ð Lac Long Quan District 10 - GPS: 10.778221,106.649281

Jade Emperor Pagoda - 

Built in 1909 by the Cantonese (Quang Dong) Congregation, the Jade Emperor Pagoda is a real gem among Chinese temples. It is one of the most spectacularly colourful pagodas in HCMC, filled with statues of phantasmal divinities and grotesque heroes. The pungent smoke of burning joss sticks fills the air, obscuring the exquisite woodcarvings decorated with gilded Chinese characters. The roof is covered with elaborate tile work, while the statues, which represent characters from both the Buddhist and Taoist traditions, are made of reinforced papier-mâché. The pagoda is dedicated to the Emperor of Jade, the supreme Taoist god 73 Ð Mai Thi Luu Da Kao - GPS: 10.791658,106.679521

Notre Dame Cathedral -

Built between 1877 and 1883, Notre Dame Cathedral is set in the heart of HCMC's government quarter. The cathedral faces Ð Dong Khoi. It is neo-Romanesque with two 40m-high square towers tipped with iron spires, which dominate the city's skyline. In front of the cathedral (in the centre of the square bounded by the main post office) is a statue of the Virgin Mary. If the front gates are locked, try the door on the side of the building that faces Reunification Palace Ð Han Thuyen Dong Khoi Area - GPS: 10.779791,106.698972

The Sacred Horse of Quan Cong -

To the left of the entrance of the Phuoc An Hoi Quan Pagoda is a life-size figure of The Sacred Horse of Quan Cong. Before leaving on a journey, people make offerings to the horse, then stroke its mane and ring the bell around its neck Ð Hung Vuong Cholon

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