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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 70000, Vietnam
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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We visited this pagoda on a Sunday and it was packed with local families praying and all of which arrived by motorbike so it was quite hard to get in or see much once inside... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Ulverston, United Kingdom
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Ottawa
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93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have no idea why this place is a tourist attraction. A quick 5 minute stop is all that is required to see the location. Yes, there are turtles. Yes, there are places for prayer in front of statues.

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Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Come here after you have visited other places but don't expect too much. It's a small place and not much to see.

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Warrenville, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went way out of our way, wandering through a distant part of the city that wasn't near anything else we wanted to do, to find this spot. The map didn't even have it in the right place, but we were able to get directions from passerby. Then when we arrived, it was like walking through a traffic jam- what... More 

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Ulverston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this pagoda on a Sunday and it was packed with local families praying and all of which arrived by motorbike so it was quite hard to get in or see much once inside. However, once inside it was very dark and atmospheric with the smell and smoke from all the incense. There is a turtle pool at the... More 

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Elgin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 387 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice place to visit but somewhat crowded with mainly tourists. Free and somewhat hard to find if walking around the area. Too may pigeons as people feed them making sure they congregate and poop; actually saw someone get poop on her shoulder.

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was not all that impressed with the Emperor Jade Pagoda. It is a bit run down, particularly given that it is only about 100 years old. There are no English descriptions attached to anything, so luckily I did some research on my own before I went. But inside was just a collection of a handful of statues of Gods... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I certainly won't say that this temple is the best in Asia. It is a little run down in places, however, i would still very much recommend going inside. If you're lucky enough to not find a lot of people, it's actually rather peaceful. If anything, the riverside is a short walk from the temple. Recommended!

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you love Chinese cultural, this is a interesting place. This pagoda is so small, quite dark and it has many steps between rooms. So, be careful when walk inside. This place is free for visitor. If you want to insence, you could take one poket of insence at a store inside pagoda and give a little money (about 10,000... More 

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Jupiter, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walked to this pagoda and really enjoyed seeing the artifacts on display. A ritual was being performed while we were there. There is a shaded seating area outside which is great for people watching.

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Singapore, Singapore
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a run down temple that had nothing much to see, pretty boring and we were done with it in 5 minutes.

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