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

73 Mai Thi Luu St, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
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Also known as the Tortoise Pagoda, this figurine-filled place of worship is considered by many to be Saigon’s finest.
  • Excellent27%
  • Very good35%
  • Average27%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
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“turtle pond” (27 reviews)
“wood carvings” (18 reviews)
“incense smoke” (12 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
73 Mai Thi Luu St, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I've visited a few temples and pagodas in my long travels and Emperor Jade is not one that I would recommend if you're interested in seeing an impressive place of worship. It may have once been a credit to the faith it honours but when...More

Thank rocketscience01
Reviewed 2 days ago

i took a taxi here from d1. then walked to see statue in the central yard. Then pond of fish and turtles. smoky inside with heaven world and hell section. small area to worship goddess of merci who save and protect kids it was well...More

Thank ThereseNguyen
Reviewed 3 days ago

Not sure if it's a must visit, but we did it. Pretty okay place to experience a pagoda for the first time in life. But otherwise nothing much of great value apart from the huge sculptures starring at you. One huge disappointment for us was...More

Thank Ganesh V
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Tucked away down a street, this is a nice place to take a break from the busy Saigon streets. The courtyard is a bit worn looking and drab, with a grubby koi pond/turtle pond overcrowded with turtles but the architecture of the pagoda is great...More

Thank DAH364
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a truly beautiful Pagoda. The intricate carvings are spectacular. This has a very peaceful feel to it. It is tucked away so not sure you would find it if you didn't know where it was, unless somebody was taking you there. Lovely old...More

Thank foxy3161
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are plenty of beautiful Pagodas in Vietnam and this is defiantly not one of them. It is a long walk from the main hub and quite frankly is falling apart. It's tiny and there isn't much to see. My boyfriend and I left very...More

Thank becaw2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This temple is very small and a little claustrophobic inside but no doubt very atmospheric. However, it’s in incredibly poor repair and doesn’t seem well looked after at all.

Thank TheOExpress
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a pretty long walk to reach this pagoda from Notre Dame cathedral during our walkabout. It is a small Taoist temple, very old and located in a side alley. Lots of people visit this temple to pray and you can see lots of...More

1  Thank PaulSiow
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This pagoda is very busy as there are so many people praying in such a small place. Don't get me wrong it was very interesting and you can walk around all areas and see everything

Thank Beth B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Interesting pagoda we were taken by the fish and turtles in ponds outside in the grounds. As always the inside decorations and statues are interesting to view to gain an insight to others way of life

Thank Judave
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Nicola C
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Response from A M | Reviewed this property |
Casual but respectful dress code is fine for this pagoda. It can get very busy as it has a lot of tree shade in the courtyard! Read up on the history before you visit as carvings, statues and the like make the visit more... More