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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%
Travellers talk about
“turtle pond” (31 reviews)
“wood carvings” (18 reviews)
“incense smoke” (13 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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73 Mai Thi Luu St, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
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"turtle pond"
in 31 reviews
"wood carvings"
in 18 reviews
"incense smoke"
in 13 reviews
"interesting temple"
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"joss sticks"
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"working temple"
in 7 reviews
"worth a visit"
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"worship"
in 66 reviews
"praying"
in 63 reviews
"taoist"
in 40 reviews
"gods"
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"prayer"
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"deities"
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"figures"
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"tortoises"
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"tourists"
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"altar"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This Pagoda is different from the others that you see while being in Asia. The interior is fascinating. We walked to Jade Pagoda from the NotreDam Cathedral, and it took us around 20 minutes.

Thank Aidasas
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Reviewed 2 days ago

this is a very old temple but it's worth a visit. google for the place as there are no signs or directions that lead to them. I was there during noon time and is less crowded. don't go during the 1st and 15th day of...More

Thank jlamkk
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're interested in Buddhism and Eastern architecture, this place is A MUST. Most of it was well preserved, so it's nice for photography too. Do remember to check on the two sides of the main complex since on the right there is a stair...More

Thank Thủy M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

went for a short visit with my hubby and daughter yesterday. the pagoda is 100+ years old and it is amazing that it continues to be a beautiful and serene place for prayers. although my toddler was more interested in the pigeons, the fish pond...More

Thank waget
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not quite what I expected after the pagodas in Hoi An and Hue, it's a small pagoda that was quite hard to find. The surrounding streets had no signposts. The place looks more like a moped car park, the pagoda is small and since it's...More

Thank Iris A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After visiting many pagodas in other Vietnamese cities, this Pagoda was a huge dissapointment. Very comercialized. NOT Respected as should be in all the temples. It is filthy, and rundown. To me it was not worh a visit. We should have driven a few kilometers...More

Thank claudiagG3351SQ
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's true that there is so much incense burning that you can barely see the place through the clouds of billing incense smoke. It's pretty cool to check out inside, however the whole place is jam packed with people. I saw a LOT of Asians...More

Thank Darth8r
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The pagoda is in disrepair and needs a lot of work. It is crowded and dirty. I was surprised that it is not better kept. We visited without a guide so the only history available was what we were able to read. Worth the visit...More

Thank Bendoreg
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were very impressed by this pagoda. Gorgeous interior. But be warned -- it was super hot inside. Take a fan.

Thank AhuvafromTX
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting but not the best Pagoda we've seen. We found we couldn't stay inside as the smoke from the incense was quite thick. We did enjoy walking around the area! Lovely flowers and the river walk was lovely!

Thank annefirby
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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.
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