Since ancient times, the spiritual need has been an indispensable need for many people. Over 300 years of formation and development, Saigon City (Ho Chi Minh City) has got many temples, pagoda, and churches to worship gods. Within this article scope, we introduce 10 temples and pagodas that are now known by many domestic and foreign tourists.
1. Ngoc Hoang Temple, Ho Chi Minh City
Ngoc Hoang Temple (Jade Emperor Pagoda) is located at 73 Mai Thi Luu, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The Temple has an area of 2, 300 m2, was built in early the 20th century. This is an ancient temple and is a rare temple in HCMC worshiping the Creator, whom oriental people call as Ngoc Hoang. This place was pleased to welcome U.S. President Barack Obama on May 24, 2016.
2. Mariamman Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City
Mariamman Pagoda (Vietnamese: Chùa Bà Ấn Độ) is located at 45 Truong Dinh, Ben Thanh ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. The pagoda is built by some Indian Vietnamese in 1885 and worships Mariamman, an Indian Goddess. It is famous because of having Indian ancient architecture and being believed to have supernatural power.
3. Xa Loi Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City
Xa Loi Pagoda is located 89B Ba Huyen Thanh Quan Street, Ward 7, District 3, HCMC and lies on a plot of 2500 m2. Xa Loi is the Vietnamese reading style for śarīra word, a term used to call the relics of Buddha. The pagoda was built in 1956 and was the headquarters of Buddhism in South Vietnam. Xa Loi and An Quang are the two centers of the struggle movement asking the freedom of Buddhists in South Vietnam in the First Republic of Vietnam time.
4. Van Phat Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City
Van Phat Pagoda (Ten Thousand Buddha Pagoda) is located at 66/14 Nghia Thuc Street, Ward 5, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. This is a rare Buddhist Pagoda of Chinese Vietnamese people in HCMC. The pagoda belongs to Northern Buddhism. The pagoda has thousands of different Buddhas. This is one of the sites attracting domestic and foreign visitors in HCMC.
5.Thien Hau Temple, Ho Chi Minh City
Thien Hau Temple or Ba Temple is located at 710 Nguyen Trai Street, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. The temple was built by some Chinese Vietnamese in 1760. It has attracted tourists because of having the Chinese ancient architecture style, many antiques and worshiping Thien Hau Thanh Mau, a sea goddess has an interesting legend.
6. Giac Ngo Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City
Giac Ngo Pagoda is located at 92 Nguyen Chi Thanh, Ward 3, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City. The pagoda campus has an area of 695m2 and was firstly built in 1946. In the present, it is famous because this place has many practical and helpful activities for society. This is also the living and working place of Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Tu, who has profound Buddhist knowledge.
7. An Quang Pagoda, HCMC
An Quang Pagoda also known as To Dinh An Quang is located at 243 Su Van Hanh Street, Ward 9, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City. The pagoda was built by the Buddhist Monk Thich Thien Hoa in 1948. In spite of not being an ancient pagoda, it plays an important role in the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha. It has witnessed many important events in the ups and downs of Vietnamese Buddhism.
8. Viet Nam Quoc Tu in Ho Chi Minh City
Viet Nam Quoc Tu is located at 244 Hai Ba Trung Street, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City. The pagoda was started building in 1964. The campus of the pagoda now has an area of 7,200 m2. In the present, It is the headquarters of the Executive Board of the Ho Chi Minh City Buddhist Association. The pagoda is famous because it is associated with national history and has a beautiful landscape and a unique Architecture.
9. Giac Lam Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City
Giac Lam Pagoda is located at 565 Lac Long Quan Street, Ward 10, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City. The pagoda was built by a Chinese named Ly Thuy Long in 1744. This is one of the oldest temples in Ho Chi Minh City and was recognized as National historical and cultural relic by the Ministry of Culture in 1988.
10. Hoang Phap Pagoda, HCMC
Hoang Phap Pagoda is located in Tan Hiep Commune, Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City. The Pagoda has an area of over 6 ha and has existed for over a half-century now. It is not only beautiful about the landscape but also beautiful about the morality of the founder. Pagoda is also a place attracting the most Buddhists in Vietnam.