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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 good35%
  • Average27%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“turtle pond” (27 reviews)
“wood carvings” (16 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 2 days ago

This is a very good example of a relatively large template. It is pretty ornate, especially the wood carvings. The statues are HUGE and rather menacing looking....certainly not a friendly/warm view of the divine. But this temple is worth seeing in that it is typical,...More

Thank Sheamus0104
Reviewed 2 days ago

A small, early twentieth century pagoda up a side street north of the city centre that featured highly in my guide book, but is a bit shabby and in need of some TLC. There are plenty of other things I would do in the city...More

Thank Firhill_for_Thrills
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Loved this pagoda. It was fascinating seeing a temple that combined Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. There are much more beautiful temples, but this one is easily accessible and on a lot of tours.

Thank MsMK
Reviewed 1 week ago

This pagoda is also one of the highlights while you are travelling Ho Chi Minh City! :) It has great Chinese-Vietnamese architecture. This pagoda is very old already yet the management still preserve the ancient beauty of this pagoda. You will discover how rich Vietnamese...More

1  Thank xxxgnet
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The temple / pagoda is quite different from those I visited in other Asian communities. The general feeling is that it needs some major improvements. It was dark inside and pretty crowded in terms of how gods were placed together. You can buy birds in...More

1  Thank p911turbo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Many locals visit the Pagoda. I was expecting a much bigger pagoda than the others due to its popularity, but it is not. Somewhat maintenance is required in the surroundings to bring it back to its original elegance. Visit if you have extra time.

Thank zapumal
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a temple in worship and is thronged by regulars. It is located in a busy part of town and has character. One wishes it was better maintained. The turtle tanks look very slimy and the water dark green. However, the wood carvings detail...More

Thank kkthapar
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're interested in seeing a Chinese pagoda, this place is the most authentic, original, well preserved one I've ever seen. It is actively in use, so you'll experience incense and praying people and other aspects of its normal day-to-day. We enjoyed our visit.

Thank goin4luxury
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My better half and I visited this Taoist temple in Ho Chi Minh City while we were there recently. It was built in 1909 and is more than a century old now. It is built in honour of the Jade Emperor (Tian Gong), the supreme...More

1  Thank csChai
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Found this very old temple down an alley between tall buildings. Very old and set back from street, large fish in one pool and many turtles in another. Most unusual pagoda with very old Chinese wood carvings and decorations unlike anything I have seen in...More

1  Thank Bob M
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