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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.
  • Excellent26%
  • Very good37%
  • Average26%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“turtle pond” (31 reviews)
“wood carvings” (20 reviews)
“incense smoke” (12 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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73 Mai Thi Luu St, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
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"turtle pond"
in 31 reviews
"wood carvings"
in 20 reviews
"incense smoke"
in 12 reviews
"joss sticks"
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"working temple"
in 7 reviews
"nice temple"
in 7 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 44 reviews
"worship"
in 64 reviews
"praying"
in 62 reviews
"taoist"
in 41 reviews
"gods"
in 34 reviews
"prayer"
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"deities"
in 29 reviews
"tortoises"
in 24 reviews
"figures"
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"altar"
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"tourists"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited Emperor Jade Pagoda by chance because the Independence Palace was closed, but we discovered instead a fascinating multi-faith temple that blended Buddhist and folk religious practices. Worshippers gathered in front of a small pond outside the temple, which was adorned with wood carvings...More

Thank Linda R
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Walk quietly and respectfully. If you can find a guide or literature about this pagoda, you will enjoy your visit much more as there is significant religious meaning in every room. For a westener, it is mysterious.

Thank marshal486
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Almost walked past it was so small. Pond outside was dirty and the one with turtles they were not cared for - covered in moss. Inside was nothing special.

Thank Dnaray
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Walking for lunch off, off track at KOTO, we looked around for something of interest near by, and found this gem, very peacfull, colorfull, with several rooms for prayer and worship, nicely decorated. What is special is that it also shows that they are living...More

Thank Bjorn C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you’ve ever been to a Buddhist temple, then you’ve been to this Buddhist temple. It’s nice enough , some statues of gods ,some carvings . But , nothing special.

Thank Matt P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth spending 30 minutes but quite crowded with local people worshipping and tourists - clouds of incense, excellent word carvings.

Thank Jocelyn S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Smaller than expected. The pond was quite dirty, although it was nice to see some big fish (including some catfish, I think). There was also a turtle pond - saw 2 turtles. The inside was interesting. There was an old lady inside playing some hand-held...More

Thank nikipine
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This temple is a phuoc(福, Lucky) Hai(海, Sea) Chua(寺, temple). So this temple has a meaning, 'Lucky from Sea' But there is a signboard in front of main gate which is a chinese characters, 玉(Jade)皇(Emperer)殿(Hall). So you understand why it's name is jade emperor. But...More

Thank JAEHYUN B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What can I say? It's a nice and big Temple. When we were there they had some kind of Fotoshooting with Models.

Thank Birgit K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We struggled to find this place as it is not that well signed. But we did find it. The actual pagoda is very tired and could do with some TLC but overall it was a nice place to visit.

Thank vjc
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Nicola C
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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.
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