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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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Dirty but interesting

Ok for a quick look but nothing special. Love the tree in the front courtyard! Needs a bit of a clean up. Caught taxi there and easy to pick one up into town.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

To understand the functions as well as meaning of this temple we need to read about this Taoism .You would find it really interesting from very first step till the final room of it. The basic ideas are : _origin of taoism _typical achitecture _ built by chinese ( religious , political reasons,ect...) _ mixed with buddhist relation _ a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Ok for a quick look but nothing special. Love the tree in the front courtyard! Needs a bit of a clean up. Caught taxi there and easy to pick one up into town.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Very good carvings and a very different temple. A bit unkept but interesting. Many different little rooms to explore. ..

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Lovely pagoda, strong incense and very peaceful - that's on the inside. Now for the outside - absolutely full of rubbish and the poor turtles - just appalling conditions with overcrowding, clambering over and on top of one another. Wish I could have bought them to set them free. Don't see how mistreatment of animals fits in with the religion.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 via mobile

We hit the Jade Pagoda on the way back from the Cu Chi tunnels. It literally took us 15 minutes to walk through the place. It had nice wood carvings and a pretty roof, but it was much smaller than it seems in the guidebooks. Turtle tank was under renovation, so I hope it gets happier for those poor critters.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Recommended by the concierge at the Caravelle Hotel in Saigon so we taxi'd a short distance in the traffic and found this sanctuary hidden behind a high fence and deep gardens. A pool full of turtles on the right of the entrance welcomed our visit. Inside incense burnt large and smoky images of temple guards, iconic statues, visitors and those... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Looked at many pergodas in the world and all are similar.This is a worthwhile look. Jade being the major attraction as there ain't anymore built in this material, that I know.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The upside are the somewhat impressive wood carvings around the altar and the doors in the temple, also if you like to see how people live their religion this is a very active temple and there's always incense burning. Now the downside, the temple is badly kept and there is garbage around the premises. At the entrance people buy turtles... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The pagoda is located in the middle of a busy street. Not many toerists around (which i don't mind). The ponds with turtles and fish are very nice to see, the outside of the pagoda is wonderfully decorated. Also the inside is really worth a look. Just remember to wear proper clothing :). It's an easy walk from the zoo... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

It's about 6 km out of District 1, the most beautiful pagodas in Ho Chi Minh, the Jade Emperor Pagoda.

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