Buu Long Pagoda: Unique Spiritual Destination Listed Among World’s Top 10 Most Beautiful
A splendid Thai-style pagoda in Saigon
Buu Long Pagoda was built in 1942 and refurbished in 2007, with architectural elements from Thailand, Myanmar, India, and Vietnam itself. It has a total area of roughly 11 hectares, with many trees and a fresh ambiance.
The pagoda was named one of the top ten temples in the world with the most magnificent Buddhist architecture by US magazine National Geographic in 2019. Tourists visiting Ho Chi Minh City all want to go here to pray and see the uniqueness of the pagoda.
|The pagoda grounds have a unique design covered by lush green forests.|
As the pagoda is built high on a hill, visitors will not only experience lightness but also coolness and freshness. In addition, guests can hear the wind chimes at the top of the tower and enjoy vegan food right on the temple grounds.
Straight rows of trees line the entryway, contributing to the pagoda's majesty and magnificence. Especially, a large turquoise lake in the center of the pagoda is surrounded by intricately carved walls. The rising shape of the hill west of the gorgeous Dong Nai River branch adds a unique aspect to the scene.
|A large turquoise lake in the center of the pagoda is surrounded by intricately carved walls.|
The Theravada branch of Buddhism is practiced in Buu Long Pagoda. Therefore, they don’t burn incense sticks on this pagoda’s grounds, unlike in other Buddhist temples.
The impression created by Buu Long Pagoda is most likely owing to its high-rise buildings with pointed towers and gilded paint. Most of the walls are white, making the top stand out even more. Especially, Buu Long Pagoda retains numerous meticulous elements, skillfully combining old Buddhist features.
The Gotama Cetiya Tower is the most attractive feature of Buu Long Pagoda. With a height of 70m and a width of more than 2000 m2, this building is renowned as Vietnam's tallest stupa, completed in 2013. Also, you get a great view of District 9 and the Landmark 81 building in the far distance from the main stupa tower.
|The Gotama Cetiya Tower is the most visible feature of Buu Long Pagoda.|
Due to the architecture here, tourists to Buu Long Pagoda must say that they believe they are in a different nation due to its distinctive construction. The image of spirituality blending with nature adds to the temple's attractiveness.
According to Buddhist monk Vien Minh, the pagoda was designed in the Buddhist architectural style that originated in India. As can be realized, this is a one-of-a-kind and harmonious blend that highlights long-standing Buddhist cultural traits as well as the spirit of the Nguyen Dynasty.
What to know before you go
The pagoda is located at 81 Nguyen Xien Street, Long Binh Ward, District 9, Ho Chi Minh City. Visitors can easily visit Buu Long Pagoda, which is located around 20 kilometers from the city center while touring the other attractions.
|The best time to visit Buu Long Pagoda is early in the morning when the first rays of sunlight touch the golden parts.|
The opening hours of Buu Long Pagoda are between 8 am and 6 pm while the stupa opens between 8 am and 10 am and between 2 pm and 4 pm. The best time to visit Buu Long Pagoda is early in the morning when the first rays of sunlight touch the golden parts. However, visitors can come here at any time during the day because, unlike some other attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, it is rarely crowded.
There is no entrance ticket. Before getting up to the upper floor, visitors can get a free bag to put shoes in that they return after use.
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