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Jade Emperor 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 good35%
  • Average27%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“turtle pond” (27 reviews)
“wood carvings” (14 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 24 August 2016

A small temple with local people praying. Interesting if you have never been to one but not impressive by any means.

Thank Lynn B
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Very very old pagoda of active worship. please don't be THAT tourist and take pics inside!! No English spoken inside so if you don't know what to ask for, just be polite, quiet and observe. pics okay outside. benches and easy taxi service.

1  Thank TIE T
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

We were told by our hotel front office supervisor the President Obama visited this temple. Well it is quite an small old temple with many local pay their respect to the Deity.

Thank SK_Jaune
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Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Coming from Europe, a continent sadly riven by the bigotry of the faithful, it's refreshing to come across a place of religious worship that is so welcoming and so open-minded. It's only a century or so old but it's a fascinating capsule of ancient traditions...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 16 August 2016

Having been to serveral Chinese temples, this one was much the same. Some interesting parts upstairs and decorative ornaments. It's peaceful and great to watch people come and go, however the turle enclosure is uncomfortable to see. Crammed in and dirty. Some on the side...More

Thank PamelaDolton
Reviewed 16 August 2016

once inside you are overwhelmed with the incense and age of statues etc . the different rooms for fertility and luck etc are intriguing

Thank grampsxpress
Reviewed 15 August 2016

Very disappointing overall, it seems to be a very local temple but not particularly well taken care of. If you've been to any temples in Thailand, you will be very disappointed in my opinion. There was a nice pond with turtles and also it's free...More

1  Thank joana l
Reviewed 11 August 2016

This is a working temple, people are going about their everyday business , part of which is worship. The surroundings are so atmospheric and just simply enchanting. The smoke and incense and relative darkness just make this place magical.

Thank 187472Bill
Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

This place sounded like it would be amazing. It was nothing special. Actually, it was dark and difficult to navigate. The temples and pagodas we went to in the Mekong and in Hanoi were much better. This place literally reeked of incense. Not smelled strongly,...More

1  Thank Paige F
Reviewed 9 August 2016

There are a number of interesting statues and art works here. There was quite an active number of local people giving their respects and making supplications so it isn't just for tourists. Although some of the deities represented come from Chinese culture, the style of...More

Thank moniker11
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