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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, Cultural
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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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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

This temple has many interesting statues and is worth a visit. Be respecful as people still pray here on a daily basis. It is worth having a guide (or hover near someone who has!) to explain the functions and stories about the pagoda.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

Worth viewing. Nothing overly spectacular, went here as the lonely planet book had suggested it, did expect more :(...

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Victoria, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 NEW

It was OK. Not kept up very well. Not really what you are looking for when viewing a pagoda if you have preconceived notions like we did. The next one we visited was fantastic

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Today we went to this beautiful pagoda and were stunned by it. This well loved and obviously special place was amazing. It was packed with people praying and using this pagoda on a daily basis. So different from our places of worship. The architecture, the carvings, the artwork and the people make this a must see.

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Seoul, South Korea
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Took me 36000 dong on a taxi and 10 mins inside, nothing particular. too crowded, smelly (insent sticks burning everywhere). Typically Chinese-looking pagoda good just for some pics.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I can see prana. (prana - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prana) And there are lots of prana here, at this wondrous spiritual pagoda. It is an experience that is best experienced on site. So don't miss visiting this place. It is easy to get here. Show the address to the taxi driver, and he will drive you here. As you enter the courtyard, there... More

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

it is famous for people wish have a baby, built in 20th century by the Chinese community and have other name Phuoc Hai Tu from 1984, but it is far when you stay in central area,

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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Since the temple is not within the main tourist area, you'll have to walk or take a taxi to get here. The area is nice, old district of Ho Chi Min. The temple is a bit hidden. Unfortunately a very ugly and rusty metal rooftop has been erected at the entrance of the temple. Which attracts many pigeons. This makes... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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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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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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