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The Best Temples and Pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City

Visiting religious sites like temples and pagodas has become essential to Vietnam travel and is usually included in many Ho Chi Minh City tours. This guide will list a few of the best temples and pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City where you can study Vietnamese religions and admire these beautiful and sacred architectures.

Jade Emperor Pagoda

73 Mai Thi Luu, District 1

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Jade Emperor Pagoda is famous for many locals coming and praying for fertility. The pagoda is also known for its old and unique paper statues. It was recognized as a National Architectural Heritage in 1994 and visited by Barack Obama when he was still in office in 2016.

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Tran Hung Dao Temple

36 Vo Thi Sau, District 1

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This place is a memorial and temple in Ho Chi Minh City for Tran Hung Dao, a great general in Vietnamese history. In the temple are two statues of Tran Hung Dao; one is made of concrete and put in the garden, and the other copper statue is put in the worship place.

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Vinh Nghiem Pagoda

339 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 3

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This pagoda is famous for its tallest and most sophisticated stone towers in Vietnam. The tower is 7-story and 14-meter high. As one of the largest pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City, Vinh Nghiem Pagoda is often crowded with followers on the Vesak (Buddha’s Birthday).

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Xa Loi Pagoda

89 Ba Huyen Thanh Quan, District 3

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Xa Loi is not only famous for its tallest bell tower, which was finished in 1961, but also known for its part in a Vietnamese historical event. It was the place for individuals and Buddhist followers who protested against actions to suppress religious practice during the Vietnam War, commonly known as the Buddhist crisis of 1963.

Phap Hoa Pagoda

220A Le Van Sy, District 3

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Another name for this pagoda is Lotus Pagoda, in which the lotus is a symbol of purity. Nhieu Loc locates the pagoda – Thi Nghe Canal, with a lot of visitors on the Vesak and Thich Thien Chieu Monk’s death memorial date.

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Nhi Phu Temple

264 Hai Thuong Lan Ong, District 5

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The temple was established with the sponsorship of the Chinese, who came from two prefectures, and thus it was named Nhi Phu (two prefectures). It is one of the oldest Chinese temples in Ho Chi Minh City of the Fujian people in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City before 1976).

Thien Hau Temple

710 Nguyen Trai, District 5

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The Cantonese who lived in the Cho Lon area (District 5, District 6, District 10 and District 11) in Saigon had built this place to thank Mazu for blessing them in their immigration journey. Since 1993, Thien Hau Temple in Ho Chi Minh City has been one of the National Architectural Heritages.

An Quang Pagoda

243 Su Van Hanh, District 10

An Quang Pagoda is one of the Buddhist study institutions in Southern Vietnam. It is also the place for many followers to come to pray and give incense on Vesak and Tet holidays.

Viet Nam Quoc Ty

244 3 Thang 2 Street, District 10

Despite being newly established, Viet Nam Quoc Tu is the grandest and arguably most important pagoda in Ho Chi Minh. Besides a place for religious worship, the pagoda is also an “office” for the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha.

Giac Vien Pagoda

161/85/20 Lac Long Quan, District 11

The pagoda’s design represents traditional Southern Vietnam architecture. This place has several statues and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries. The Cultural Department also recognized it as a National Historical and Cultural Heritage in 1993.

Phung Son Pagoda

1408 Ba Thang Hai, District 11

Phung Son Pagoda has been a National Historical and Cultural Heritage since 1988. In this pagoda, archaeologists have found clays and chinas from Oc Eo time (from the 1st to 7th century). A Thai brass Buddha statue and a Japanese wooden Buddha statue are also worshiped in this pagoda.

Van Hanh Monastery

750 Nguyen Kiem, Phu Nhuan District

Van Hanh Monastery is an important place for studying and teaching Vietnamese Buddhism. Many representatives of Buddhism from other countries and visitors from all over the world are coming here to work and pray, especially during the Vesak and Ghost Festival.

Phu Chau Floating Temple

Vam Thuat River, District Go Vap

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Floating Temple is a 300-year-old temple in Ho Chi Minh City with Vietnamese and Chinese architectural styles. The temple is located on an islet of the Vam Thuat River, but that’s not the only impressive thing. The place has massive dragon sculptures fencing the front of the temple.

Giac Lam Pagoda

118 Lac Long Quan, Tan Binh District

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As one of the earliest pagodas established in the 18th century, Giac Lam Pagoda is famous for its old statues and various valuable documents about Vietnamese history, culture, architecture, sculpture, and religion.

Le Van Duyet Temple (Lang Ong)

1 Vu Tung, Binh Thanh District

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Because it is located near Ba Chieu Market, the locals usually call it by the name Lang Ong Ba Chieu. This temple was originally the tomb of a hero in Vietnamese history, Le Van Duyet, a renowned marshal in the Nguyen Dynasty. Before 1975, this place is considered one of the symbols of Saigon-Gia Dinh.

Nam Thien De Nhat Tru Pagoda

511 Dang Van Bi, Binh Tho Ward, Thu Duc District

Not many people know there is a one-pillar pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City. Nam Thien De Nhat Tru Pagoda was built from 1958 to 1977 as a small replica of One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi. Its location is quite far from the city center, so it is not usually crowded with visitors and preserves a tranquil atmosphere.

Van Duc Pagoda

23/4 To Ngoc Van, Tam Phu Ward, Thu Duc District

Van Duc Pagoda is the pagoda with the tallest main hall in Vietnam. The 43.5-meter tall main hall is divided into two stories for worshipping and teaching Buddhism. It is an art of a sacred place and represents modern architectural techniques.

Summary of The Best Temples and Pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City

The South of Vietnam, especially Ho Chi Minh City, has many old temples and pagodas across the area from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Each has its history and unique factors that can offer different experiences when you visit and study them all.

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