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“Just another Temple” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Emperor Jade Pagoda (Chua Ngoc Hoang or Phuoc Hai Tu)

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
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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.
Cremorne, Australia
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“Just another Temple”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

When one considers the number and quality of the temples and Pagoda's that can be seen around the country this one is over rated and not really worth the effort. The turtle pond is interesting especially if the story behind its significance is provided.

Visited November 2012
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“Unique, weird, eccentric...definitely worth checking out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

I really liked the vibe of this place. This is a very unusual pagoda (really a Taoist temple). The Jade Emperor refers to a story in Chinese folk culture, having to do with Heaven and Hell. Imagine a building designed to depict the Book of Revelations (Christianity) and you can imagine how weird that would be..this place is like that. I really like the atmosphere of the various small rooms, with the incense smoke rising upward, catching the light. The turtle prison outside was really creepy. I would highly recommend this place to anyone wanting to see something a bit "different" in Saigon.

Visited November 2012
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Bali, Indonesia
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“When Heaven and Hell compromised”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

good stories overall about life and death. heaven and hell. and the compromising . Hey ladies, if you dying to have baby,they said pray to the female budha here and wait the miracle happens.. :D

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Bolton le Sands, United Kingdom
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“Beauty with sadness”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

The building is a magnificent combination of splendour and mystic charm with incredibly ornate altars, figurines and columns. The light shining through catches the smoke of the incense and create shafts of light which add to the atmosphere. The sadness is the turtle 'sanctuary', which is a euphemism for a large area filled with the blackest, dirtiest water and occupied by literally hundreds, if not thousands of turtles; most of which seem to want to scramble out on to a couple of rocks and lie several creatures deep to avoid the putrid water! There are also sellers of little turtles and goldfish who try to persuade you to put even more creatures into the black hole!

Visited November 2012
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Perth, Australia
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“What a nice pagoda”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Built by the city 's Cantonese community around 1900, and still its most captivating pagoda. It's about 2 dollar by taxi from the center, and if you visit just one temple in town, make it this one, with is exquisite panels of carved gilt woodwork, and its panoply of weird and wonderful deities, both Taoist and Buddhist, beneath a roof that groans under the weight of dragons, birds and animals.
A statue of Jade Emperor lords it over the main hall's central altar, sporting an impressive moustache. It's the Jade Emperor who monitors entry into Heaven, and his 2 keepers of Heaven, one holding a lamp to light the way for the virtuous, the other wielding an ominous looking axe on hand to aid him.
Burn incense and pray for the LUCK and see what happen

Visited July 2012
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