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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 good36%
  • Average26%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
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“turtle pond” (29 reviews)
“wood carvings” (20 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 17 January 2017 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....More

Thank Helen3014
Reviewed 16 January 2017

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.

Thank Waebi
Reviewed 12 January 2017

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.

Thank weiss782
Reviewed 12 January 2017

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

Thank russAustralia
Reviewed 9 January 2017 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...More

Thank TravelyBug
Reviewed 8 January 2017

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

Thank Pierre L
Reviewed 4 January 2017

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

Thank Brian R
Reviewed 4 January 2017

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.

Thank Mariusz M
Reviewed 3 January 2017

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...More

Thank Irving N
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

I visited the Pagoda as part of a half day tour of the city and it didnt do it for me. I think if you are visiting the tourist sites you might as well include this but 10 minutes and I think you'll be done....More

Thank aniceglassofred
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Nicola C
23 August 2017|
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Response from Lauren G | Reviewed this property |
I wore shorts and had no problems. Although it was a tad chilly at the end of December.