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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 were really excited to experience the Vietnamese culture and history outside of the museums and really hoped this would hit the spot. But this was pretty underwhelming. To... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Maybe from architectonic point of view this is not the most interesting pagoda We saw during our tour of vietnam but for sure it was the most characteristic. Lot of wood and paper sculpture representing indù divinities. Smoke of incense in the air. We went there on Sunday morning and it was full of local people praying and giving donation.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were really excited to experience the Vietnamese culture and history outside of the museums and really hoped this would hit the spot. But this was pretty underwhelming. To look at it's pretty much just an average Buddhist or Taoist temple. Lots of incense and carvings but not especially interesting or different. If you've never been to Asia before this... More 

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Hawke's Bay Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Would go if it's something you believe in. So many people are there and i found it extremely hard to more around,

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I'm not a spiritual or religious person, so my interest in visiting the pagoda was limited. I did find it interesting that people devote their lives to visiting the pagoda once or twice a day. An older lady inside was praying and our guide said that she was asking for peace and for everyone to just get along which I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A very nice temple to visit in Saigon. It's only small but is very busy with locals praying at the various shrines inside. Must visit place in Saigon

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place is quite the mystical magical spot. I had the mysterious feeling of being inside an exotic local in an Indiana Jones movie, and there I was in the Jade Pogoda in Saigon. Yes a mystical magical setting. Loved it.

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Buffalo, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A small temple with local people praying. Interesting if you have never been to one but not impressive by any means.

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Thank Lynn B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very very old pagoda of active worship. please don't be THAT tourist and take pics inside!! No English spoken inside so if you don't know what to ask for, just be polite, quiet and observe. pics okay outside. benches and easy taxi service.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were told by our hotel front office supervisor the President Obama visited this temple. Well it is quite an small old temple with many local pay their respect to the Deity.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Coming from Europe, a continent sadly riven by the bigotry of the faithful, it's refreshing to come across a place of religious worship that is so welcoming and so open-minded. It's only a century or so old but it's a fascinating capsule of ancient traditions tolerated in modern Communist Vietnam. At this atmospheric temple, there are plenty of Vietnamese visitors... More 

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