Khanh Van Nam Vien Pagoda is located in Saigon's Chinatown. Built between 1939 and 1942 by Cantonese immigrants, this is one of the few Taoist pagodas in Vietnam.
It is unique for its colourful statues of Taoist disciples. The main altar features a Yin and Yang symbol. Upstairs is a 150cm high statue of Chinese philosopher Lao Tse with a halo that makes creative use of a mirror and fluorescent lighting.
Khanh Van Nam Vien Pagoda is known for its philanthropy that includes a care home for the aged and a medical clinic that offers acupuncture and herbal medicine for free. The temple is located on a small street near busy Lo Sieu in the Cho Lon area of Ho Chi Minh City. The number of true Taoists in Saigon is estimated at around 4500.