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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, Vietnam
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Description: Also known as the Tortoise Pagoda, this figurine-filled place of worship...
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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From a tourist's eye, it is an old and a bit uncared place on a narrow street. There are big statues inside. There are two pools and some fish and many turtles in the garden. It's... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

From a tourist's eye, it is an old and a bit uncared place on a narrow street. There are big statues inside. There are two pools and some fish and many turtles in the garden. It's not very interesting if you are not a budist who would like to pray there. There is no entry fee but I suggest you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Emperor Jade Pagoda was an absolute delight. We walked there after lunching at Quan 94 [ don't miss this either], a 5 minute walk. Possible to miss the entrance if not observant. Many aspects to interior, be sure to check every room....visual wonders are around every corner. We tried to respect the worshippers setting their incense at each station, keeping... More 

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Daegu, Daegu, South Korea
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

It's a beautiful place. But it's popularity brings pickpockets. Put your things in your bag and cling for dear life.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I visited the Emperor Jade Pagoda with friends. It was quite a distance from our hotel in the city center, so we piled into a taxi and asked the driver to wait for us. We didn't have to negotiate a price because his taxi had a meter, and he was quite good-natured about waiting for us while we checked out... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

When you enter the pagoda, you feel better, it s in a small street and away from busy street noises. Lots of benches to sit and enjoy the spiritual atmosphere. The pagoda is well maintained, and has lots of shrines to admire. Very interesting if you could read a bit before as there is quite an history for each of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

this is one of the most spectacularly atmospheric temples in HCMC, stuffed with statues of phantasmal divinities and grotesque heroes. The pungent smoke of incense (huong) fills the air, obscuring the exquisite woodcarvings.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I spent a lot of time in Vietnam in temples and pagodas, usually this included people trying to sell me postcards, fighting my way through gift-shop crowds or having to pay to use the toilet (didn't expect that from Buddhism!). But when I visited this pagoda I finally had the authentic experience I was looking for. The quirky statues are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This is an astonishing place .Not the most beautiful but a wonderful place to watch people with all their offerings..Included in this was a roasted whole pig which was taken to the alter .Narrow passages and little rooms with interesting sculptures.Yes it was confusing and scruffy in parts but in some ways better for that.We loved the fact it wasn't... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

Typical Saigon in that building is poorly maintained. Mix of tourists and locals..Inside is quite atmospheric. Locals will bring gift of fruit to go on one of several altars. Not beautiful but very interesting place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I lived near here, whenever the busy life get to my nerves, I usually go there praying for some faith and confidence. We have here like: 1) ancient statues - alot and very spiritual 2) traditional religious activities - praying, oil praying, receive spiritual fortune from ancient gods...t feel very warm. 3) Turtles - Yes small turtles, big turtles and... More 

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