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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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Small-Group Ho Chi Minh City Tour with Cu Chi Tunnels
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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” (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 4 days 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 1 week 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
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is just a small temple but you might find very interested in the concept of Buddhism and Taoism combination. The Ngoc Hoang_ emperor of Jade is worshiped as the main diety here , along with lots of others gods and goddesses of Taoism as...More

Thank Thomas P
Reviewed 1 week ago

While many of the pagodas in HCMC stem from the 1950's or 1960's, this one was begun by a Chinese craftsman more than 100 years ago. Three different room here vye for attention with the secondary room focused on wealth and fertility. Very enjoyable; no...More

Thank Steve B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The pagoda has several rooms with different shrines and many of them are quite dark and dingy, However, it is worth while to walk around and get to learn a bit about Vietnamese religious practices, Total visit time would be less than 30 minutes

Thank cool_satchmo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

again a place a tourist should see...............not really in best conditions and clean but to see the different parts of this temple is a must

1  Thank Maik S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited the temple in the afternoon and it was fairly busy. The courtyard with the incense burners and the turtle pond has some nice shady areas to sit and wait for the crowds to thin out if you turn up when it's busy. Inside...More

1  Thank GillianMW
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nestled in a neighbourhood area but worth seeing. Has mind blowing statues of Vietnamese deities. Though small and not very well maintained.

1  Thank Rakesh S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the most important and famous shrines in Ho Chi Minh City, the Jade Emperor Pagoda, is a product of the Cantonese Chinese from the late 1800's and early 1900's. The existence of the turtle sanctuary within the pagoda is significant. Turtles in Chinese...More

1  Thank eelSeattle
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited on a private guided tour so this was one of approximately 8 places we visited. The architecture, all the carvings were good. The shrines are pretty gaudy to a westener, that is fairly normal though. It was fine for a passing visit, a...More

Thank lI0ve2h0liday
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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.

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