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Emperor Jade Pagoda (Chua Ngoc Hoang or Phuoc Hai Tu)
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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.
Reviewed November 6, 2013

A relaxing place a bit outside of the beaten track.

Have a look at the fish and turtles outside, and at the complex of rooms inside.

Thank Charles S
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

On the advice of my map I go in search of the 'nearby' Jade Emperor Pagoda. It takes much longer to find than I'd expected. I wouldn't recommend making a trip just to see it but it's interesting for a short visit if you're in the area.

The pagoda is interesting in as much that it's large, two storeys, has active Buddhist visitors, and the larger complex is inhabited. It's also very Chinese and has some interesting statues. The highlight for me is its turtle pond and watching a little local girl feed handfuls of water spinach to the large koi/carp/catfish in the fish pond.

Thank NixieNZ
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

This is a working pagoda and when we visited we were fortunate to see the monks at prayer. Even if you are not religious, this is moving. The pagoda itself is full of interesting artifacts and if you are lucky enough to have a guide who can explain the meaning of these it is fascinating.

2  Thank Hugh H
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

A small working Taoist temple, that is very different from Buddhist facilities. It's a beautiful building, and there is a sense of it being an everyday place of worship. People are allowed to walk through (with shoes on, which surprised us greatly), and look at the décor. It feels a little odd doing so whilst people are worshipping, but no-one seemed to mind, as long as they're quiet. There was a beautiful & ornate large carving of a dragon in the central room.

Outside, there are two ponds. One containing fish, and the other containing many turtles. Some of the turtles had writing on their backs, and presumably had been purchased from one of the people outside the gate to put in the pool.

Overall, it's a beautiful place, and we were glad to see it. One thing that could help though is an explanation of Taoism for people who are unfamiliar with it.

Thank MrsGreenstar76
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

this's the first time i come ho chi minh city...and i have a tour, this a city tour ,i gone jade pogoda i love this place

Thank Nowland T
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