temples to go in Ho Chi Minh

Temples to go in Ho Chi Minh


There are several temples to go in Ho Chi Minh. These temples are part of the rich culture and colorful history of Vietnam.

Some of these temples were established centuries ago while some were built just recently. These temples also vary in sizes, colours and intricate designs – yet, each are equally awe-striking.

Vinh Nghiem Pagoda

This pagoda has been built within 7 years and uniquely built from concrete – an infusion of Vietnamese and Japanese architecture.

Vinh Nghiem translates to “ever solemn”. Approximately, the area is about 6,000 sqm consisting of the temple itself. It also includes the four storey-tower behind the temple and a building that serves as a classroom and an abode for the monks and nuns.

The Vinh Nghiem temple serves as a prime center Buddhist believers and practitioners. At the same time, this temple attracts travellers that want to pay respect to Siddhartha Gautama and Samantabhadra – a must to go in Ho Chi Minh.

To see the locals praying for good fortune in this temple, it is best to head out to the temple on every 15th of every Lunar month or on the Lunar New Year.

However, should you wish to avoid the crowd the best time to head to the temple is early in the morning.

Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Buu Long Pagoda

Nestled in District 9, the Buu Long temple is considered one of the most beautiful temples to see in Ho Chi Minh. It is the perfect blend of architectural styles of India, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

Covering over 11 hectares of area, it is the biggest Theravada Buddhism pagoda in Ho Chi Minh. The Buu Long temple was built in 1942, on a hill near the Dong Nai River.

It boasts detailed engrossed decoratives in gold and is built with a fountain and a semi-circle lake. Note that Buu Long temple differ from other temples as incense and candles are not allowed within the temple and there’s only one Buddha that is worshipped here.

Despite being one of the most beautiful temples to go to in Ho Chi Minh, this temple is not too popular.

When paying a visit to this temple, make sure to dress appropriately.

Buu Long Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Jade Emperor Pagoda – A Chinese-Inspired Ancient Pagoda

Your bucket list is never complete without the Jade Emperor Pagoda (Ngoc Hoang Pagoda) – the most popular religious site in Ho Chi Minh. The temple was built way back 1892 and is known for its noticeable Chinese-inspired architectural design with the iconic Yin-Yang roof and accentuated with brick decorations.

The temple houses 100 statues made of cartridge papers that are a century old, it still looks intriguingly stunning.

The Emperor Jade temple can sometimes be a little too crowded due to the increasing number of worshippers that frequently drop by to pray and offer hisome candles and flowers.

Aside from being an abode of worship, the temple is also subject to several photographs and Instagrammable shots with its dramatic morning sunlight.

At the Jade Emperor Hall, Taoist deities such as Jade Emperor, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are worshipped.

The pagoda is faced by a small lake filled with blooming lotus which serves as the foreground of the whole area. The lake serves as a home to several creatures including a great number of turtles too!

The locals flood this temple especially on Tet Holiday as it is believed that it brings great love life and children.

One doesn’t need to be a Buddhist or Taoist to admire the fantastic scene!

Jade Emperor Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Vietnam Quoc Tu Pagoda

The 7-storey Vietnam Quoc Tu Pagoda is known for its colorful, staggering statues of religious figures. It is near the Ho Thi Ky Flower Market, which is also a popular tourist attraction.

Its 3rd and 7th floors open up to the public on every 1st and 15th of the lunar calendar. On usual days, the first two floors are open to regular guests.

Aside from the breathtaking architectural building, the pagoda also features a yard where statues of Avalokitesvara, Maitreya, and Chunda Bodhisattva are displayed.

Visitors can comfortably rest under a canopy of trees, taking in the brief stillness of the temple – escaping from the bustling noise of the city.

Quoc Tu Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
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  1. Hung Pham 3 years ago

    It is a very nice post. Thank you very much for sharing!

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