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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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Well worth a visit

Nice little place of rest and peace. The pagoda is lovelyon the outside and beautiful on the inside. Especially the statues.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Ghent, Belgium
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Ghent, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nice little place of rest and peace. The pagoda is lovelyon the outside and beautiful on the inside. Especially the statues.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice but not a must when you visit Ho Chi Minh. It is hidden and took us some time to find it, just by using a map (our taxi driver didn't even know the place). As a non Buddhist I didn't really feel that this was a highlight. It is not worth the hassle to come from the centre. But... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Maybe not for everyone but I enjoyed going to one of the lesser places of worship. This feels more like a local community place as opposed to the bigger ones that attract tourists. Lots of turtles here too.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely old pagoda! Really enjoyed walking around with our guide and hearing about their beliefs. Dont forget to go upstairs and pls take off your shoes as a sign of respect. Very peaceful place. Loved it!

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is in the itinerary of most tourist guides where you will witness the structure of an old Emperor Jade Pagoda. You can purchase tortoise, fishes & birds for the temple in the shops nearby to be released later.....as a mark of respect & favors one's soul, kindness & religious beliefs

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Extraordinary view on Buddhism in all its levels. Watching the local people pray to Buddha, the architecture of the whole complex and a special visit and have your tour guide explain the details of the Family love temple. Great photo opportunities

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fascinating and beautiful insight into a religion I knew little about. The pagoda is atmospheric and the turtles/fish were an added bonus.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stopped at this Pagoda in order to meditate, to observe people around me and to impregnate a certain zenitude. It was a really spiritual place for me.

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Montfoort, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Free entry to this amazing pagoda hidden away in busy District 3. It's amazing to see the locals going about their daily business and prayers at this colorful pagoda. Make sure you have a guide or guidebook to discover the secrets in the statues around.

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Hong Kong
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Jade Pagoda is an example of an ancient, but working temple, in modern-day Saigon. As with most Chinese-style temples, expect incense smoke from joss sticks held by the faithful as they make their prayers. There is a main altar/chapel where some ( or perhaps all) of the deities are made of papier mache. I did not realise that Chinese... More 

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