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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
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Description: Also known as the Tortoise Pagoda, this figurine-filled place of worship...
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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Great expeience though not in center of town

Worth a visit if done with all the sights in center of town. The trip by foot can easily be combined with a trip to the Zoo which is being upgraded.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2013
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Worth a visit if done with all the sights in center of town. The trip by foot can easily be combined with a trip to the Zoo which is being upgraded.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Very smelly, dirty full of beggars. The fish tank had just been drined and all the fish were gaspiong for air. Not really outstanding in its artifacts..

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Northampton
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Was glad that I saw the place but it is distressing to see so many terapins in the pools outside that they are dying and are just left foating with the others. the pagaoda itself is used constantly for praying so if you dont like the smell of insence, then this is not the place for you. Many of the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Old and creepy. Incense fumes galore. My daughter had read that women shouldn't go in shorts or sleeveless. Whatever. No one cared. Tourists can wear anything. Just "Eh."

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

The pagoda is a little tricky to find as located off the main road. It's a fairly small and atmospheric pagoda with some interesting architecture and a good story behind. Make sure you read up on it first. Don't plan too much time for it as there are only five, or so, small rooms to see. It is worth seeing... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

The pagoda is not much to look at as it is quite dirty and feels a little claustrophobic. Seeing the worshippers go about their business and some of the carvings are worth a look though. I cannot understand tourists purchasing turtles that are to be thrown into the dark and dirty waters of the turtle "sanctuary". A rather sad affair... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

Authentic pagoda, with incense sticks glowing away in every nook and cranny. Loved the wooden carvings up the walls and the people just coming in, getting on with praying with no thought of the tourists milling around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

A hidden away gem in a busy part of town with many worshipers. Having a knowledgeable guide is a must for the unenlightened.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Unfortunately really did not live up to expectations. Hard to find and rather small. Plus the number of turtles / tortoises in hte sanctuary seems to be bordering on cruel

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

This is so modest from the road that when my taxi driver took me there my first impulse was it was the wrong place. ( In my defense, he had just taken me to the wrong place because he didn't know where this was, so...) Once you're there it's worth a walk around and I'm sure a student of pagodas... More 

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