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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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Visit for a taste of authentic worship

The place is busy, noisy, and crowded but that's how the Vietnamese do their worshipping. We visited as part of a guided tour so our lovely guide made sure we were kept informed... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Joolsmd
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York, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Loved the turtle ponds and inside the interesting cravings in the Jade Pagoda. It's busy with the locals worshipping and they not put off by the amount of visitors wandering around, in fact I was lucky enough to be guided around and have the carved wooden structures explained particularly the doors to hell.

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Thank boo5
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of the more popular temples in Saigon, so expect lots of tourists. There are however many locals who visit the temple for worship, which is nice to witness first hand. The surrounding grounds are peaceful and relaxing, with lots of greenery and many benches too. Check out the temple then read a book on a bench in the grounds... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The place is busy, noisy, and crowded but that's how the Vietnamese do their worshipping. We visited as part of a guided tour so our lovely guide made sure we were kept informed about al the aspects. We were also encouraged to join in the worship. I found it fascinating.

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Armonk, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

In a busy part of town, this jewel sits with open gates to welcome all. There are fish and turtle ponds. There are chanting monks. Best of all, those famous carved doors of Hell.

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Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A Chinese influenced Pagoda, busy and small. Free to enter. Really interesting . Worth a look. About half an hours walm from the riverside.

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Too crowded. Too many people. Seems to be more outside the city not in the books. Perhaps they are less crowded?

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Budapest, Hungary
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Jade Pagoda is a shrine where local people go and do their worship. The place can be pretty crowded, but the good news is that they are not really disturbed by tourists. We could have some rest in the front garden.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Toasit temple (Jade Emperors pagoda) was a little underwhelming given lonely planet spoke so highly of it.

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Ithaca, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Emperor Jade Pagoda is a fascinating, high energy temple. As a foreign visitor it was most interesting to see locals worshipping in and at a variety of rooms and alters. I only wish I had gone with a guide or local who could explain the intricacies of the setting and how it all fits together.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Despite many tourists this place as got a certain charm and we can relax and pray with our being disturb by others. Peoples were organised and didn't walked in any direction and the place is a place for our mind and for our pray

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