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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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Atmospheric and worth a bisit

A really interesting temple offering an escape from the frenetic energy of Ho Chi Minh city. Inside there are several rooms, all atmospheric and heavy with incense and be prepared... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Krakow, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Different than in the Northern cities, the HCMC temples seem to be visited by plenty of local folks. This pagoda is particularly crowded, so it's a different experience - on top of the building itself you can also have a sneak peek at the locals practicing their religion. As long as you keep your distance and stay mindful of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wonderful old building and a wonderful environment......calm, quiet, peaceful. Worth a visit when in Saigon. Is busy with locals there for 'prayer' when we visited and can imagine it is like this most of the time.

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Thank ScotlandRosslea
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

A really interesting temple offering an escape from the frenetic energy of Ho Chi Minh city. Inside there are several rooms, all atmospheric and heavy with incense and be prepared to have respect for those worshipping inside. The garden with its turtle pool, while not beautiful, offers a shady place to rest, contemplate or people watch. Definitely worth visiting and... More 

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Thank Sharon A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited a lot of temples in south-east-asia, but this one was actually different from the others. First of all, you don't think that there is a beautiful temple when you come to the entrance. Second, there is not only one big room, but a lot of rooms, both on the sides and on the first floor. There is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A little way out from the centre, but we'll worth going to see. Lovely to see from the outside, and stunning inside - still a practising place of worship, so appropriate dress required

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Thank OneAmongMany
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You'll only need to spend 20 minutes having a look around this interesting buddhist religious building. Smell the incense sticks and look at the various gods in the building.

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Thank Wayne-Lambert
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Its a small pagoda, hidden in the middle of chaotic Saigon. The place is as typical as it can get. With all the paper statues and incense burning. It as a small pound packed with turtles, one of sacred animals in Vietnam. Its an interesting visit, especially if you have a guide, who can explain you some particularities of this... More 

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Thank Paulo R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Somewhat small but a really nice pagoda. Recently visited by President Obama on his Vietnam visit. Definitely worth a look

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Working temple in a busy area. Turtles in a pond outside. Smokey building with Buddha for worshippers to pay their respects. Do not think this is architecturally significant?

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were lucky to have four days in Saigon so this wasnt on our must see list. Really difficult to find unless you take a taxi directly to it and not sign posted at all. Personally I was a bit disappointed in the pagoda but still worth a visit if you have time available but dont go out of your... More 

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