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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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shipley derbyshire
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122 reviews 122 reviews
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This is an astonishing place .Not the most beautiful but a wonderful place to watch people with all their offerings..Included in this was a roasted whole pig which was taken to the alter .Narrow passages and little rooms with interesting sculptures.Yes it was confusing and scruffy in parts but in some ways better for that.We loved the fact it wasn't... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Typical Saigon in that building is poorly maintained. Mix of tourists and locals..Inside is quite atmospheric. Locals will bring gift of fruit to go on one of several altars. Not beautiful but very interesting place.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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67 reviews 67 reviews
34 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

I lived near here, whenever the busy life get to my nerves, I usually go there praying for some faith and confidence. We have here like: 1) ancient statues - alot and very spiritual 2) traditional religious activities - praying, oil praying, receive spiritual fortune from ancient gods...t feel very warm. 3) Turtles - Yes small turtles, big turtles and... More 

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Beijing, China
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I wanted to go with my Chinese fiancé so she could feel at home but it did the opposite. She didn't like it at all. It wasn't very clean, the conditions were kinda horrible. We took a couple of snap shots and went on our way. They should really clean it up and take some pride in their history.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Quite an interesting building having never been to a temple before. However, I thought these religions cared about the sanctity of life. Outside is a very small sink with a huge turtle in it which could not even turn around. Very sad to see this. Hoping I can get someone to save this turtle.

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Chiang Mai Province, Thailand
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I was told that this is the oldest Pagoda in Saigon. It is very old by the looks of it. I visited numerous Pagoda around the world including Malaysia and Thailand and this is a particular one. They are two statues on each side of the entrance that are worth a deeper look. The lights inside the temple are great... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This was strangely hectic compared to other Buddhist temples we've visited, but we really enjoyed the sense of a living temple that we got, with worshippers and tourists alike passing through. The rituals will seem eccentric to tourists and the relaxed pace outside where people congregate on benches proves a stark contrast. The turtles outside to the right are fun... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This place is not all clean and shiny for the tourists - its a place where the Vietnamese go to pray/worship. so, if you want to see a real working pagoda this is it. The locals were all summoned in to a room by monks and the chanting began. Watch out for the lady outside selling baby turtles ... approx.... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Since I didn't have the time to visit district 5, this is a nearer interesting temple located in district 1. Crowded with locals praying and enjoy the carvings around the temple.

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State College, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Saw this in Lonely Planet and looked interesting. Neighborhood temple with main room And awesome figures and several small side rooms with different things from other temples. Never would see on tour. Monks and locals chanting during service. $2 cab ride from hotel and great walk back through neighborhoods by Old Post Office and Notre Dame. Interesting morning.

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