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Emperor Jade Pagoda (Chua Ngoc Hoang or Phuoc Hai Tu)

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Address: 73 Mai Thi Luu St, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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Also known as the Tortoise Pagoda, this figurine-filled place of worship is...

Also known as the Tortoise Pagoda, this figurine-filled place of worship is considered by many to be Saigon’s finest.

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Hidden away temple

This is not a 'must see' by any means and it is slightly out of the way. However, I found it to be interesting as well as relaxing to wander about. Some of the statues are pretty... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is not a 'must see' by any means and it is slightly out of the way. However, I found it to be interesting as well as relaxing to wander about. Some of the statues are pretty cool too. Some other tourists here but lots of locals as well.

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Perhaps we were expecting too much but found Jade to be very underwhelming. It's a temple you can walk through in about 10mins and isn't very well maintained... we walked through rooms which had cardboard boxes stacked in the corner and old fans etc etc. It is interesting to see Vietnamese people praying and this was taking place in a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The pagoda is worth a visit. Walk through all rooms, they are all different. You will surely be witness of Buddhist veneration. You should be dressed decently.

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La Canada Flintridge, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a "functioning" shrine in which locals are in prayer continuously. It is a magnificent opportunity to visualize these activities in a glorious setting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not in great condition but a beautiful spot. Fish ponds and a turtle pond add extra interest for young ones.

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Thank russAustralia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The temple is tucked in among busy streets. The front courtyard offers a sanctuary for weary travellers with stone benches to rest on. In front of the temple is a fish pond, and next to the entrance is a pond with lots of turtles. Inside there's a lot of different statutes plus more on the left wing. The building is... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Local temple, but not as well maintained as others. Probably not the most important things to do in saigon.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Both the courtyard and the interior of the Temple are interesting. Outside there are little ponds for fish & terrapins. Inside there are the typical statues of Kwan Yin and other deities

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Thank Brian R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The pagoda was built by the Chinese (only) over 100 years ago. Resembles the pagodas in Canton. The main deity here is the Heaven's Keeper (Jade Emperor). Interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love this Temple a lot. It is located a bit further from all main attractions and that is why this temple worth a title as a hidden gem. The temple is authentic with the solid wood architecture for the old structure. The temple filled with smoke from the joss stick and creates a musky ambiance. It is consisted with... More 

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