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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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Interesting, not fabulous

The temple is easily located if one uses a basic map. There are two ponds here, one with fish and the other with lucky turtles, some with residual Vietnamese white lettering on... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 July 2016
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

The temple is easily located if one uses a basic map. There are two ponds here, one with fish and the other with lucky turtles, some with residual Vietnamese white lettering on their shells. The actual temple has several rooms and rooftop. The wooden carvings and gilt statues are average in quality for SE Asia. Whilst some are mesmerised by... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

Wow!!! When the taxi let us in front I was reluctant to go down since we were in a not very nice neighborhood and the entrance was so tiny and didn't look as a temple. The driver that did not speak english sign the place and until he repeated Obama, Obama, smiling I realized that US president have visited the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

The Pagoda now become more and more famous thank to Mr. President Obama. Very peaceful and beautiful inside here compare with the busy noisy street outside. You will be impressed with the atmosphere, the animals, and the statues, of course. Worth a visit, and good choices Mr. President!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

This really doesn't look very interesting at all from outside, but go inside and it's a different story. The wooden carvings are exquisite, and they surprised me because Vietnam has largely disappointed me in that regard. An absolute must-see in Saigon.

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Thank Daniel C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

The Emperor Jade Pagoda temple is one of the key attractions of Ho Chi Minh City. It's an oldish Taoist-Buddhist temple that's worth a visit if you are into heritage, culture and religion. Inside this temple is well adorned with various gods and deities, so it is an one-stop-temple for believers to pray or seek enlightenment on what ever life... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

As a Chinese Singaporean, I really enjoy seeing differences between Chinese Buddism and Vietnamese Buddism, and this Emperor Jade Pagoda gave me a big wow. Recommend!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

Tucked amongst shops, cafes and hustle of street. It's incredible to see pagoda so old and intricate & still being used by locals. Worth a visit. It's bit strange that some of rooms with altars seem to double up as cleaning cupboard but seems to be norm. Felt bit sorry for turtle sanctuary - didn't feel much like a sanctuary... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

I was grumpy when I arrived here - having just been majorly ripped off by a taxi driver on the journey here from the War Remnants Museum. However, it was an interesting pagoda and was well patronised by those visiting to pray when we attended. Also lots of people milling about in the entrance courtyard, and watching turtles in the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

As a Buddhist I was very excited about going to see the Jade Temple. Of all the temples we visited on our trip to Saigon this was probably our least favorite. I think it's definitely worth seeing because if you're like us you won't be going to Vietnam often but definitely check out Saigon's other temples. I recommend setting up... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

Was a holistic experience inside, watching the locals prey. In an area that you wouldn't expect to find this temple. Worth a visit just to see the turtles outside. This temple is obviously used a lot by the locals.

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