Buu Long Pagoda: Stunning Spiritual Spot Ranked in Top 10 Most Beautiful Places Worldwide

Buu Long Pagoda, located in Ho Chi Minh City, has recently emerged as a popular destination for spiritual tourism, drawing visitors from around the globe.

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A magnificent Thai-style pagoda in Saigon

Buu Long Pagoda was established in 1942 and underwent renovations in 2007. It incorporates architectural elements from Thailand, Myanmar, India, and Vietnam. The pagoda covers an area of approximately 11 hectares and is surrounded by lush greenery, creating a refreshing atmosphere.

In 2019, Buu Long Pagoda was recognized as one of the top ten temples in the world with the most stunning Buddhist architecture by US magazine National Geographic. Tourists visiting Ho Chi Minh City often include a visit to this pagoda to pray and admire its unique features.

The temple grounds have a unique design covered by lush green forests (photo: Le Tan Loc)
The pagoda grounds have a unique design covered by lush green forests.

Due to its elevated location, visitors to the pagoda not only experience a sense of lightness but also enjoy the cool and refreshing air. Additionally, guests can listen to the melodies of wind chimes atop the tower and savor vegan cuisine within the temple grounds.

The grandeur of the pagoda is accentuated by the straight rows of trees lining the entrance. Notably, a large turquoise lake at the center of the pagoda is surrounded by intricately carved walls. The elevated position of the hill to the west, adjacent to the beautiful branch of the Dong Nai River, adds to the unique scenery.

Buu Long Pagoda: Unique Spiritual Destination Listed Among World’s Top 10 Most Beautiful
A large turquoise lake at the center of the pagoda is surrounded by intricately carved walls.

Buu Long Pagoda follows the Theravada branch of Buddhism, which means that incense sticks are not burned on the temple grounds as in other Buddhist temples.

One-of-a-kind Architecture

Buu Long Pagoda stands out with its towering buildings featuring pointed towers adorned with golden paint. Most of the walls are painted white, accentuating the prominence of the top portion. Moreover, Buu Long Pagoda incorporates various intricate elements that skillfully blend ancient Buddhist features.

The Gotama Cetiya Tower serves as the most striking feature of Buu Long Pagoda. With a height of 70 meters and a width of over 2000 square meters, this building is recognized as Vietnam’s tallest stupa, completed in 2013. From the main stupa tower, visitors can enjoy a breathtaking view of District 9 and the Landmark 81 building in the distance.

Buu Long Pagoda: Unique Spiritual Destination Listed Among World’s Top 10 Most Beautiful
The Gotama Cetiya Tower is the most visible feature of Buu Long Pagoda.

Thanks to its unique architecture, a visit to Buu Long Pagoda makes visitors feel as if they have stepped into a different country. The integration of spirituality with nature further enhances the temple’s charm.

According to Buddhist monk Vien Minh, the pagoda was designed in the Buddhist architectural style originated from India. Consequently, it showcases a harmonious blend of long-standing Buddhist cultural traits and the spirit of the Nguyen Dynasty.

What to know before visiting

The pagoda is located at 81 Nguyen Xien Street, Long Binh Ward, District 9, Ho Chi Minh City. Visitors can easily reach Buu Long Pagoda, which is about 20 kilometers from the city center, while exploring other attractions.

Buu Long Pagoda: Unique Spiritual Destination Listed Among World’s Top 10 Most Beautiful
The best time to visit Buu Long Pagoda is early in the morning when the first rays of sunlight touch the golden parts.

Buu Long Pagoda is open from 8 am to 6 pm, while the stupa is accessible from 8 am to 10 am and 2 pm to 4 pm. The ideal time to visit is early morning when the sun illuminates the golden features. However, visitors can explore the pagoda at any time of the day, as it is usually not crowded like some other attractions in Ho Chi Minh City.

There is no entrance fee. Before ascending to the upper floor, visitors are provided with a complimentary bag to store their shoes, which they return after use.

Phuong Nguyen