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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 good36%
  • Average26%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
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“turtle pond” (28 reviews)
“wood carvings” (19 reviews)
“incense smoke” (12 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
73 Mai Thi Luu St, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place could be so much better but is really run down. Full of history and interesting pieces but just felt like it was not looked after

Thank Peter W
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is considered one of the top attractions of HCMC. Not quite sure why. It looked like a dumping ground for bits and pieces - boxes etc. There was also a very dirty pond which was overcrowded with turtles. If you are on a tour...More

Thank missbrowneyesxx
Reviewed 1 week ago

Whilst the Notre Dame cathedral in HCMC is nice, there is something calmer and more original feeling about this small, busy, not entirely clean temple. The buckets on the floor collecting rain water suggest it isn't just old English churches that need a collection for...More

Thank jmwbrodie
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting place for people watching. Follow the crowds through the various sections of the temple.

Thank hashihime
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful Buddhist temple that is in need of a good clean but if you can see past this and all the donation safes, you will be enchanted by the atmosphere and design.

Thank Lisa W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I came to this regards google, dight seeing places HCMC. It's worth to go there, but it's a very small pagoda, Insight you habe Not so much space. It's impressive to See this Old building with the wonderful, well carved sculptures. If you habe time...More

Thank Wolfgang W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Only spotted 1 other tourist in there; everyone was very kind to us. We tucked away in a corner and watched worshipers praying for a long time. Beautiful place but steaming hot inside.

Thank Kelly O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an authentic temple where many local people still worship at. There is a lot of incense so beware if this bothers you. The rooms are quite small but there are many to walk through as you observe the different Buddhist replicas.

Thank 2morrows
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here after hearing that there were tons of turtles and that you could experience lots people praying to their Gods. Upon arrival it was really dirty and looked as if nothing had been cleaned or swept up in years. It was quite run down...More

Thank kmclain11
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A bit out of town, and run down. However, the temple itself is intricate and interesting. A bit different than other sites in town. But there are better temples in SE Asia. Bathroom should be skipped.

Thank Tony M
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Nicola C
23 August 2017|
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Response from Lauren G | Reviewed this property |
I wore shorts and had no problems. Although it was a tad chilly at the end of December.