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Emperor Jade Pagoda (Chua Ngoc Hoang or Phuoc Hai Tu)

73 Mai Thi Luu St, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
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Also known as the Tortoise Pagoda, this figurine-filled place of worship is considered by many to be Saigon’s finest.
  • Excellent27%
  • Very good35%
  • Average27%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
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“turtle pond” (27 reviews)
“wood carvings” (18 reviews)
“incense smoke” (12 reviews)
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73 Mai Thi Luu St, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
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Reviewed 5 days ago

It appears in all the Tourist guides but probably was the hidden and the most strange place that we went in Saigon. It is very important that you go with a very good guide and you pay attention to the details.

Thank Rperezf
Reviewed 1 week ago

This pagoda is really unique. Because of the ventilation system and the sunlight, the atmosphere inside the temple is very mysterious. Free admission.

Thank minimize940314
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Would recommend this pagoda for a visit. Wood carvings beautiful. Can buy joss sticks for prayer for 2,000 vnd a pack. Very dark and atmospheric. Yes it looks a bit rough and ready but its charming and a place of obvious worship for locals.

Thank 123happygreekgoddess
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The pagoda was beautiful, with great statuary and wooden carvings. Plus turtles! It made for a nice side trip. The neighborhood around the temple wasn't terribly interesting, and its location was far enough from the other major attractions that many visitors don't make it out...More

1  Thank joshuajkurz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very good example of a relatively large template. It is pretty ornate, especially the wood carvings. The statues are HUGE and rather menacing looking....certainly not a friendly/warm view of the divine. But this temple is worth seeing in that it is typical,...More

Thank Sheamus0104
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A small, early twentieth century pagoda up a side street north of the city centre that featured highly in my guide book, but is a bit shabby and in need of some TLC. There are plenty of other things I would do in the city...More

Thank Firhill_for_Thrills
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this pagoda. It was fascinating seeing a temple that combined Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. There are much more beautiful temples, but this one is easily accessible and on a lot of tours.

Thank MsMK
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This pagoda is also one of the highlights while you are travelling Ho Chi Minh City! :) It has great Chinese-Vietnamese architecture. This pagoda is very old already yet the management still preserve the ancient beauty of this pagoda. You will discover how rich Vietnamese...More

1  Thank xxxgnet
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

The temple / pagoda is quite different from those I visited in other Asian communities. The general feeling is that it needs some major improvements. It was dark inside and pretty crowded in terms of how gods were placed together. You can buy birds in...More

1  Thank p911turbo
Reviewed 30 June 2017

Many locals visit the Pagoda. I was expecting a much bigger pagoda than the others due to its popularity, but it is not. Somewhat maintenance is required in the surroundings to bring it back to its original elegance. Visit if you have extra time.

Thank zapumal
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