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

73 Mai Thi Luu St, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Type: Religious Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

A friend and I visited this Pagoda - when we eventually found it! It seemed quite unassuming from the outside and it wasn't at all what I was expecting. I haven't visited any others so I have nothing to compare it to. Right outside there was a lady with a bowl full of what looked like baby turtles and next... More

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

The guide book made it look and sound far bigger and more impressive. It was rather scruffy and not well cared for. - the turtle pond was teaming with turtles and did not look good really. Didn't have to pay to go in, so that was something.

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Singapore, Singapore
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Since it is very near the city centre, I decided to go take a look and meantime offer my prayers. A rather old and run down place. Nonetheless, the temple offers a nice place for travellers like me to pray for my family n mine while I am away. Nice ambient to offer prayers.

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Sydney, Australia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We were expecting a Jade Pagoda but it's a little temple with other little temples inside it.Not very clean,lots of tourist coming.Hard to get a taxi back to your hotel. Would have skipped it completely.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

At the end of our stay in Vietnam, we had a couple of hours to kill before flying back home. Well we decide to visit this temple that for some turist book was worth a visit. It is very characteristic and atmospheric and frequented by many worshipers. It is a Taoist temple rich in history. it is worth a visit.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

A brief visit with my cyclo guide. Rather old and a bit run down this pagoda was said to us to be a place for women to visit to pray for their future fertility and pregnancy. The large turtle filled ponds, garish ornaments and rather scary looking god statues within the building make for some great photos through all the... More

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Not just a tourist attraction as it is a popular worshipping pagoda. Despite the negative comments written by other travellers I enjoy visiting this pagoda with its impressive banyon tree in the grounds, turtles, papier machees gods & incense burning.

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Tokyo, Japan
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Went here because of the prominence in the DK guide. What a dump. Maybe because I've seen so many beautiful temples in my travels, I'm rating this one at the near bottom (if not the worst). This place should be avoided. Really, it's not worth the effort.

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Plano, Texas
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

I came here on a whim one day as my friend and I were in the area and we wanted to kill some time. It's free (except for the very reasonable 5,000 VND motorbike parking) and nobody pushed me to donate or buy anything, so that's a big plus. As a local place of worship, I respect that it has... More

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Parramatta, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This old pink coloured building is not a fancy night club but a Taoist pagoda dedicated to the Jade Emperor also known as Ngoc Hoang, ruler of Heaven. The ruler of heaven isn’t just some guy with a cool name, he is in fact an invisible floating Asian man with an impressive mustache! Built in 1909 by Cantonese immigrants, this... More

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