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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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Hidden away temple

This is not a 'must see' by any means and it is slightly out of the way. However, I found it to be interesting as well as relaxing to wander about. Some of the statues are pretty... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

After visiting many temples and statues throughout Vietnam we were slightly disappointed at the Emperor Jade Pagoda. It is a good idea to make sure you take a guide or guide book with you so that you can appreciate the different rooms.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

For a change from the ruins of Angkor Wat to see a temple with a lot of local devotees was a relief ! Early morning is probably the best time to visit..Do not forget to have a look at the turtles (on the side pool) and the large fishes (in the middle pool)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I reached here by scooter. Many locals came to pray. Fish pond and turtle pond where locals set fish free. Emperor hall is very impressive with all colorful statues but too much smoke from incense sticks. If you are allergic to this smell. you'd better not get in. I enjoyed it

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The temple was run down, dirty and although I love old buildings, this one just didn't have the charm that I was hoping for. The Terrapins were fun to watch, but as this temple is out of the way, I would advise a special visit unless you're killing a bit of time.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is not a 'must see' by any means and it is slightly out of the way. However, I found it to be interesting as well as relaxing to wander about. Some of the statues are pretty cool too. Some other tourists here but lots of locals as well.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Perhaps we were expecting too much but found Jade to be very underwhelming. It's a temple you can walk through in about 10mins and isn't very well maintained... we walked through rooms which had cardboard boxes stacked in the corner and old fans etc etc. It is interesting to see Vietnamese people praying and this was taking place in a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The pagoda is worth a visit. Walk through all rooms, they are all different. You will surely be witness of Buddhist veneration. You should be dressed decently.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a "functioning" shrine in which locals are in prayer continuously. It is a magnificent opportunity to visualize these activities in a glorious setting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not in great condition but a beautiful spot. Fish ponds and a turtle pond add extra interest for young ones.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The temple is tucked in among busy streets. The front courtyard offers a sanctuary for weary travellers with stone benches to rest on. In front of the temple is a fish pond, and next to the entrance is a pond with lots of turtles. Inside there's a lot of different statutes plus more on the left wing. The building is... More 

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