Ho Chi Minh is the home to many pagodas as well as other places of worship. Xa Loi Pagoda, built in 1956, contains fragments of the Buddha's bones. It was also the site where troops attacked monks in 1963. Jade Emperor Pagoda is one of the five most important shrines in Ho Chi Minh. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, Jade Emperor Pagoda, in District 3, represents the Mahayanist branch of Buddhism that is practiced widely in Vietnam. Locals believe that those that pass through the gates of the pagoda are granted access to heaven by the Jade Emperor; while those he dislikes are sentenced to 10 stages of Hell. What awaits in Hell is made gruesomely apparent by the carvings on the walls. Giac Lam Pagoda, built in 1744, is the oldest Buddhist temple in Ho Chi Minh City. Situated in District 3, this temple houses images and statues of Buddha in various incarnations, along with numerous Taoist deities, each of which has its own altar. The architecture of the temple is beautiful, topped off by a recently constructed 32feet tall Stupa. In District 1, you will the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral, the last of its kind in Vietnam. Another one-of-a-kind place of worship is the Mariamman Hindu Temple which is decorated with colorful deities. The Cao Dai Temple, finished in 1955, is a place of worship for the Caodaists. Caodaists believe that all religions in the world ultimately have the same goal, which is to promote peace and tolerance. All important religious figures are honored at this temple and worshippers here must believe in the teachings of all the religions; along with the beliefs of Confucius and Buddha. Watching the worshippers pray is a sight to behold for tourists as the worshippers all wear colored flowing robes and pray in unison. The temple,in terms of design, is similar to a cathedral. The main focal point of the temple is a Divine Eye symbolizing God which has the Ying and Yang icon in its pupil. Getting to know about the various faiths in this peace loving nation can be a tremendous experience for those who go on a holiday to Ho Chi Minh.