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A Successfully Botched Visit to the Giác Viên Pagoda

You know those annoying people who, after totally and unquestionably having failed at a stated goal, will pretend that it’s what they wanted all along? “No, it’s actually better this way! Seriously, we’re glad it worked out like this!” Well, we’re going to be those guys. Because finding Giác Viên Pagoda closed for renovation turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Really!

The Giác Lâm Pagoda

Constructed in 1744, the Giác Lâm Pagoda is one of the oldest temples in Saigon. It’s found on the western side of the city, and is most recognizable for its seven-story stupa.

The Pagoda of the Jade Emperor

The Pagoda of the Jade Emperor (Chùa Ngọc Hoàng) is one of Saigon’s most well-known temples. We visited on a weekday afternoon shortly after Tet, joining hundreds of worshipers inside its walls.