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

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Address: 73 Mai Thi Luu St, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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Also known as the Tortoise Pagoda, this figurine-filled place of worship is...

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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Away from the city centre, but still a nice visit

My wife and I walked from the Ben Thanh Market area to the Emperor Jade Pagoda one morning. A bit off the tourist map, but still a very pleasant walk. I believe it was just... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
MuskokaMan
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Bracebridge, Canada

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The guidebook descriptions had been glowing, with numerous color pictures of gilded woodwork, impressive altars, and beautiful Buddhist and Taoist statues. Instead, the place was literally crumbling -- cracked tile floors, dirt and garbage everywhere. Most of the statues were much the worse for wear and the stairs to the second floor were a serious safety hazard. One altar was... More 

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Bracebridge, Canada
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86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife and I walked from the Ben Thanh Market area to the Emperor Jade Pagoda one morning. A bit off the tourist map, but still a very pleasant walk. I believe it was just around an hour to walk there. Located on a small side street, one block away from a major intersection, the pagoda entrance is easy enough... More 

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Thank MuskokaMan
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So atmospheric. It is tucked away but well worth a visit. We loved it! There was a ceremony/ service going on when we visited which added to the atmosphere. The carvings and papier-mâché statues are incredible.

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Thank 563susie
Seattle, Washington
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34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not an expert on the above, but the pagoda had a bit of all of it. Lots of carvings of the various demons and guardians. A good way to spend 30-60 minutes. Go too quickly and miss some neat carvings on the right as one leaves.

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Thank AugieD0ggie
Hornbaek, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As I have seen so many nice tempels and pagodas all over Asia, this one is very disappointing. They should clean up the place and release the animals. Does not give us foreigners any clou to what is going on.

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Thank NEClausen
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Emporer Jade Pagoda is well worth a short visit. It is free and it's a chance to get away from the tourist area of HCMC and try some local eateries like Ban Xeo 46a for one of the best meals in HCMC. Also, the tortoises are really cool.

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Thank David R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This pagoda was slammed during my visit, apparently a full moon. Mildly interesting and surprisingly filthy. As a temple used for worshipping deities it's crazy how dirty it is. Although, it is very authentic and many locals were here to present their offerings. A lot history here too. Probably worth checking out, especially considering your in Vietnam for a new... More 

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Thank Brandon C
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Large wooden carvings and statues are very interesting and the place has kinda spooky feel. Don’t put it high on your itinerary list though. If you do go, then afterwards wander around the corner for a bite at the An Nam Quan Restaurant and you will feel the trip out to the pagoda was a bit more worth it.

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Thank FinB
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A bit disappointing if you have traveled in other destinations in Asia. Some guides mentioned "impressive" but it is rather standard

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Thank Max G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth about 15mins of your time - ask your taxi to wait outside, you won't be that long I can assure you. The place has clearly seen better days.

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