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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
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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this place brings you peace. i had been here in the morning. the place was quiet and had fragrance of essence sticks. would suggest to get here and sit for 15 minutes with your... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

this place brings you peace. i had been here in the morning. the place was quiet and had fragrance of essence sticks. would suggest to get here and sit for 15 minutes with your eyes closed and mind open it really helps

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Worth a visit - nice quite respite from the hustle and bustle of Saigon. Give yourself atleast an hour to wander and study the architecture.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Went here 2 days ago and found it quite disappointing that the temple was dirty and not very well maintained. I suggest for you to go to Thien Hau Temple instead of going here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

A really lovely cute pagoda. The monks r so nice and the inside is so beautiful. It's not as lavish as others but it has such a nice ambience in the middle of the city

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

It was nice with plenty of statues inside. There is definately an ambiance to the place with all the incense burning and people praying. That being said, it was slightly awkward to be a tourist in there as it was very active with local people carrying out their religious practices. Everything was nice but nothing was really grand or spectacular.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We stayed nearby close to the zoo so it was a 15min walk. This little pagoda is tucked away off a side-street. You'll know you're close if you see street vendors selling little tortoises in tubs. We visited the pagoda on a weekend in the morning and it was busy with worshippers. The tree-lined outer courtyard provided shade before leading... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

nice the main attraction were the turtles if you come in the morning it seems more appropriate yhe reflection of the sun makes it mystical

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This pagoda is out of the way and down a small street. If you are near the zoo, it is a few blocks walk, about a 15 minute walk. This was my third pagoda visited in HCMC and the newest (the others were more than 300 years old) and least impressive. There is a nice shaded area at the entrance... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

I was really looking forward to see in the famed temple, but the reality was not as good as the hype. It was built in 1909 and is dedicated to the Taoist god Ngoc Hoang. The grounds are incredibly messy and quite dirty. Once inside, it's quite atmospheric, but not as evocative as I expected. The real disapointment was the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

A local worshipped Pagoda that is quite old and perhaps a little worn. I really enjoyed it, has a couple of main altars then some rooms off the main area with smaller altars, very different looking statues and I admire the locals that worship in these temples. I definitely recommend a visit.

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