565 Lạc Long Quân, Phường 10, Tân Bình, Hồ Chí Minh City
Giac Lam Pagoda is a historic Buddhist pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City. Built in 1744, it is one of the oldest temples in the city. It was officially listed as a national historical site in 1988. Giac Lam is a fantastically atmospheric place set in peaceful, garden-like grounds. Prayers are held daily from 4am to 5am, 11am to noon, 4pm to 5pm and 7pm to 9pm.
The looming Bodhi tree (a native fig tree, sacred to Buddhists) in the front garden was the gift of a Sri Lankan monk in 1953. Next to the tree stands a gleaming white statue of compassionate Quan The Am Bo Tat (also known as the Goddess of Mercy) on a lotus blossom, a symbol of purity.
The 32-metre tall stupa dominates the temple grounds. This seven-story high, hexagonal structure contains a Buddha relic housed on the top floor. Visitors can climb up to the top floor for panoramic views of the city. In front of the stupa stands the white statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy on an open lotus flower, a symbol of purity.