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Phuoc Lam Pagoda

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Phuoc Lam is a beautiful and elaborate temple with many different renderings of the Buddha, including a gold-covered "Buddha as a boy". This is a working temple and is home to a large group of monks.

There’s plenty to wander around and look at here, but if you really want to understand it all, go with a good guide.

An evocative entranceway. Photo taken in or around Phuoc Lam Pagoda, Hoi An, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

An evocative entranceway. Photo: Cindy Fan

If you’re going on your own, we found it’s best to visit just before 11:00 when the monks are finishing up their lunch (they’ve been up since 04:00 and this is their last meal of the day), after which they line up and circle through the temple, chanting midday prayers.

Phuoc Lam is located on Le Hong Phong, just north of Ton Duc Thang Street. It’s set back a bit from the corner. The temple is located only 500 metres from Chuc Thanh Pagoda, so you can easily combine and visit both. From Phuoc Lam, head east on Ton Duc Thang Street.

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