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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
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, Cultural
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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Cambridge, Maryland, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 via mobile

While this pagoda was pretty cool it was small and very out of the way. The walk to the pagoda was not that pretty. There is a tiny pond with turtles. The turtles are all covered in algae.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We arrived in Ho Chi Minh City via a cruise and were surprised that this attraction , well reported about on Trip Advisor , was not on any of the trips. So we took a taxi from the centre and after viewing some landmarks for the 3rd or 4th time , realised the taxi driver didnt know where it was... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The Pagoda was built in the early 20th century by Buddhists from Canton, China. It is an oasis designed using feng shui principles. It is located at the fringes of District 1.

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Really struggled to find this so make sure you nail it on a map before setting off. (Just off Bien Phu). However, I was a bit disappointed when I got there anyway. Well worth reading up on the place before getting there otherwise largely inpenetrable. In all, it doesn't compare too well with similar temples in this part of the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

The Jade Emperor Pagoda was worth the visit - teeming with supplicants, shrouded in burning incense and a fascinating insight into the devout. The sculpture work is interesting for both its variety and its craftmanship. I was amazed by the masses of the devout praying to the many altars tucked away in corners of the building.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

If our guide had not brought us here , I doubt we would have found it as it is on a side street and off the road. Its interesting, but fairly small ... and very smokey due to the burning of incense- not for those who have breathing difficulties! It houses some quite fearsome looking statues which may frighten small... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

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

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

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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