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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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Brussels, Belgium
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

very interesting padoga with lots of stunning statues and symbolism.keep time to understand the story of the various gods.not far from the very center

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York, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Very quiet and inspiring. Tortoises in the little pond on the right and incense burning everywhere. My wife and I went inside and first felt completely out of place as there were some people praying there but we understood we were welcome to have a look when people greeted us with a large smile. We had a look at the... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Small. Beautiful. Mystic. Authentic. You could feel in everything that this temple was for the real devoted. No shiny tourist thing. Inspiring.

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Glastonbury, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

My friend took me here or I never would have found it. Its quite an old Chinese-style temple with some fantastic statues and carvings of Taoist deities. Very much a community temple and some good photo opportunities. You can buy turtles and release them in a what looks like a a moat, which is probably not great for the turtles... More

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Hertford, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

Tranquil shaded courtyard outside offers a peaceful haven to rest. Colourful inside and out, the statues and associated stories (eyewitness travel guide) are fascinating... But I felt slightly uncomfortable being a tourist whilst other people were making offerings and prayers. No one seemed to mind us being there but maybe they were being polite? Remember to cover bare arms and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We were self guided and thought it would be visible from the main road. One of its joys though was how we stumbled on it. No fanfare. A working temple with plenty of incense. The wooden circles of hell were worth seeking out. No-one bothered us but welcoming atmosphere. Worth a detour for something different.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This place is not extraordinary. What is most interesting about it is how you get to see many local devotees and people just going there to relax during their break from work rather than just a herd of tourists taking pictures.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Our rikshaw driver Coi took us here ... probably the bit which most resonated was the room for women only where they can pray for pregnancy ... this was poignant for me so it still stays with me.

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Bathurst, Australia
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277 helpful votes 277 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Like another reviewer below, I was disappointed to have walked so far for so little. I much prefer the Quan Am Pagoda in Cholon (Chinatown). Many captive turtles, not all of them kept in attractive conditions. Some interesting artwork, but if your time is scarce you could skip this, which is more a working place of worship than a major... More

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Paris, France
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

A difficult place to review because I was torn between the authentic experience of seeing the local coming to worship, lighting the perfumed incense sticks and the gaggles of tourists groups that filled the corridors watching the ceremonies... I feel it's however worth the taxi ride away from the city centre to come and see such an active Pagoda.

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