Buu Long Pagoda is a lesser visit Buddhist temple in the far eastern part of Ho Chi Minh City 25 km by road from the more famous Ben Thanh market. It’s a struggle to get there by public transport from the centre of Ho Chi Minh City which is one of the main reasons that more foreign visitors don’t go to this temple.
About Buu Long Pagoda
Buu Long Pagoda is a temple dedicated to Theravada Buddhism, which is a different branch of Buddhism to the Chinese influenced Mahayana Buddhism which is more widely practiced in Vietnam. Theravada Buddhism is more closely associated with Sri Lanka and Thailand and the architecture of Buu Long Pagoda reflects this doctrinal difference. Buu Long Pagoda, which occupies an area of 110,000 square metres, looks a lot like a Thai temple. In particular the multi level Gotama Cetiya Stupa, which is the main building at Buu Long Pagoda, resembles the Loha Prasat in Bangkok with its tiered structure and multiple spires. In front of the Gotama Cetiya Stupa are two smaller towers and a pond. Encircling the whole lot are manicured gardens. Inside the Gotama Cetiya Stupa is a large and ornate main hall large enough to accommodate more than a thousands worshippers.
Buu Long Pagoda was constructed in 1942 on one of the few hills in the otherwise flat area upon which Ho Chi Minh City is located. The hill is located near the Dong Nai River. From the upper terraces of the Gotama Cetiya Stupa visitors have magnificent views across Ho Chi Minh City with the tall towers of District 1 in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City visible on most days.
- Opening hours: Every day from 08:00 to 18:00
- Entrance fee: Free to all visitors.
Location of Buu Long Pagoda
Buu Long Pagoda is located at 81 Nguyễn Xiển, Long Bình, Quận 9, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh 70000, Vietnam.