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Jimmy Kang on December 26, 2007

Giac Lam Pagoda is one of the oldest Buddhist temple (1744) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Most temples are called pagoda, because in actual fact they did built a pagoda, the highest structure, within the compound. Vietnam are very much chinese influenced. The centre piece in this pagoda is one slightly larger than life-size, 200 years old wooden Buddha placed in the main hall, surrounded by many little ones. The Buddha are sculpt with feature borrowed from China. It has a well rounded face, double chin and this one spotted a double upper lip which is supposed to symbolis his moustache. His robe here is very typical chinese style and covered both shoulder, unlike the burmese, thai, cambodia and indonesia, where they are made like the present monk robe, covering the left side of the shoulder.

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Photo taken in phường 10, Tân Bình District, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

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  • Uploaded on December 25, 2007
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    by Jimmy Kang

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