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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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Quick Bit of Chinese History

Worth a quick stop when visiting HCMC given the historical nature of this pagoda and its heritage. It's also in an interesting part of the city with many Chinese medicine stores... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Chicago, Illinois
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

There is obviously an abundance of pagodas to visit in Asia, many of them are very similar, especially the ones that are more frequented by tourists. However I found this one to be very different, it has a more authentic older feel. I think it's worth a stop off, it doesn't take long to look around, ideally visit with a... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a quick stop when visiting HCMC given the historical nature of this pagoda and its heritage. It's also in an interesting part of the city with many Chinese medicine stores, etc.

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not at all worth the effort it took to find it. I love a pagoda but this one is VERY run down not just old. The grounds were filthy with nowhere remotely clean to sit and contemplate. Despite this the pagoda was filled with locals praying and tourists taking photos. Still not a must see in my opinion.

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Thank Sally W
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A pearl. Beautiful pagoda of main road where you will see locals praying and making offerings with a respectful distance. Asthmatic be careful there are loads of incense burning inside !

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Thank Diane I
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you still haven't visited a pagoda yet this one will do the work, its an authentic Pagoda and a busy one, we were to so many Pagodas in Vietnam so we were tiered from it when we got to this one.

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Thank Eldad A
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Jade Emperor Pagoda is unlike any other in the city. Filled with worshipers and tourists, fantastic sculptures of frightening gods, it is a wonderful immersion into modern Buddhism.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A very old but nice little pagoda. I wouldn't recommend making a massive effort to get here but if you are around go and have a look. It's down the street slightly despite maps showing it as on the main road.

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Thank Skimsa
Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Nothing much to do here. Has a small pond full of turtles. It is close to the zoo so you can visit here if you also plan to go to the zoo.

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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

So the Jade Pagoda sets in the middle of hot and hectic Saigon city. Here stands a 300 year-old pagoda with the most beautiful Buddas and statues and art. There is also the money Buddha, which of course we donated money hoping to get money back. President Obama visited the Jade pagoda when he came to visit Saigon. The Vietnamese... More 

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Tehran, Iran
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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

I really liked this place. The old building , the amazing huge trees so peaceful and pleasant .you go to different small room for prayer, very spiritual and peaceful. It worth going there really.

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