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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
+84 128 894 2399
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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” (18 reviews)
“incense smoke” (13 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
LOCATION
73 Mai Thi Luu St, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
CONTACT
+84 128 894 2399
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"turtle pond"
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"wood carvings"
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"incense smoke"
in 13 reviews
"interesting temple"
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"joss sticks"
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"working temple"
in 7 reviews
"worth a visit"
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"worship"
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"praying"
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"taoist"
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"gods"
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"prayer"
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"deities"
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"figures"
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"tortoises"
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

The structure was beautiful. There were many tourists but there were also many people who were legitimately there to pray. The place smelled lovely and had a strong incense smell.

Thank Ananya K
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

Hidden amongst other buildings it is an amazing and functioning place to visit, be aware that there are devout worshippers using this religious site. It is important to be respectful when visiting.

Thank kenneth w
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

Very old structure with so much history. the guide was very knowledgeable about this Pagoda. We toured the building and all the statues were explained in detail.

Thank Silvana S
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

You will find hundreds of pagoda's in Ho Chi Minh but this is one of the best to visit. It's really beautiful to see and watch the locals paying their respects. The statue's are really nice so don't forget your camera. You can buy incense...More

Thank toshboro
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

A bit off the beaten path but worth a visit to take a break from the city scene. The visitors and incense filling the air adds to its authenticity. Multiple rooms and shrines, including a unique second level. Turtle pond in front could use some...More

Thank Creedon4
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

It was an overwhelming sight for me. As you enter the pagoda, you will be welcome by large statues and the smell of incense.

Thank Mariela D
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

If you are into pagodas, you can visit this one as well.Top choice taoist temple in Ho Chi Minh City.. Built in 1909 in honour of the supreme Taoist god. Lots of small rooms, people around praying, turtles etc...

Thank Mirna P
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

Because it was a Saturday and in the middle of the Lunar New Year there were hoards of people here celebrating. The interior of the pagoda is beautiful and we would definitely go back when we could take our time for a proper visit.

Thank lrovere
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

We stopped here at the Emperor Jade Pagoda, and I thought there would be something spectacular inside to see. There are many small rooms, some monks chanting and playing instruments, and lots of burning incense. If you've been to a pagoda or a Buddhist temple...More

Thank StuartGustafson
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Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

A very pleasant religious site and well worth the visit. Loved the incense smell and the mix of tourists and people visiting the pagoda for delicious purposes.

Thank Radkin84
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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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