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Emperor Jade Pagoda (Chua Ngoc Hoang or Phuoc Hai Tu)

Address: 73 Mai Thi Luu St, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Also known as the Tortoise Pagoda, this figurine-filled place of worship is considered by many to...
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Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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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Sittingbourne kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

I asked to go here with my guide and she explained what each room was dedicated to and was great to see the locals praying here and using the temple. This is not a tourist temple but a place of worship for the locals and i loved the place,..

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california
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We arrived and merchants outside were selling birds and turtles to dedicate to the deities of the temple. Don't worry, the turtles are turned loose in an over crowded pool and the birds are prayed over and set loose to the heavens. There is a nice covered approach. Inside it is dark and vary crowded mostly with locals, not tourists.... More 

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Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Went to this pagoda on recommendation of our guide. It was out of the way and (as usual) our taxi got 'lost' costing us an extra few bucks. Was sad to see a 'sacred' big turtle trapped in a small cage on display. If you run out of things to do -go, but don't make it your top priority!

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Los Angeles
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The jade pagoda is NOT a grand or historic or beautiful temple; and given all the stunning temples to see in the surrounding countryside, it is not worth the visit if you are looking for distinctive architecture or fine religious artwork. This is simply a local, working neighborhood temple (like an old, busy, well-used village church.) No great shakes in... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

It is a very rundown and dirty place of worship. takes less than 10 minutes to explore. also, the depictions of the 10 gates of hell weren't as interesting as i thought it would be. Singapore's Haw Par Villa trumps it.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We were told the Emperor Jade Pagoda is one of Saigon's most interesting pagodas, but we didn't visit any other pagodas in Saigon so we don't have a comparison. The Emperor Jade Pagoda is also referred to as the Tortoise Pagoda. It was built in the 20th century by Cantonese from the Guangzhou province of China and is a representation... More 

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Wash DC suburbs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Tourists differ in what they value as a "great place." I was enthralled by this place of worship because I was really interested in what an urban temple might be like. This temple of many names (the names I saw there are Dien Ngoc Hoang & Chua Phuoc Hai) allows outsiders to see how residents in this HCMC/Saigon neighborhood worship... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We were nearby so stopped in to check it out. Pretty cool building and statues/carvings inside. It is definitely a bit rundown.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Run down and somewhat trashy. A Thai person would die at the state of it. We went because we were close by. Kinda interesting and free.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The title says it all. It is highlighted on TA as well as a guide book, but the courtyard has a million pigeons, and their poop, and the pagoda is a bit run down. The inner contents are interesting and PACKED full of carvings (awesome). The green rooftop is unique, where they were drying rice outside. Careful of the steps... More 

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