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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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Many intricate pieces

The place feels like many Chinese temples. It has many intricate pieces and according to the guide there are some hundreds collections within its premises. The place is not large... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2016
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Jeddah
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Reviewed 31 July 2016

The place feels like many Chinese temples. It has many intricate pieces and according to the guide there are some hundreds collections within its premises. The place is not large in size, somewhat out of the main attractions. Best to use Uber, grab or a bus, too expensive by regular taxi.

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Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

We found this temple fascinating as it represents Taoist & Buddhist religions . A dark interior of many rooms with some incredible figures depicting hell etc. Many local people were praying and chanting in each room so I felt a bit voyeuristic being there( and the only non Vietnamese visiting) but the atmosphere was palpable. Lots of live turtles near... More 

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Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

The review that said this is the best attraction in Saigon is full of lies. This pagoda is probably an hour+ walk from the main backpacking district, and what's your reward? A building that's smaller than your hostel where you don't even know what's going on. Locals crowd around it, feeding pigeons and burning incense. You hardly notice the architecture... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016

I have no idea why this place is a tourist attraction. A quick 5 minute stop is all that is required to see the location. Yes, there are turtles. Yes, there are places for prayer in front of statues.

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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed 21 July 2016

Come here after you have visited other places but don't expect too much. It's a small place and not much to see.

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Warrenville, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016

We went way out of our way, wandering through a distant part of the city that wasn't near anything else we wanted to do, to find this spot. The map didn't even have it in the right place, but we were able to get directions from passerby. Then when we arrived, it was like walking through a traffic jam- what... More 

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Ulverston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 July 2016

We visited this pagoda on a Sunday and it was packed with local families praying and all of which arrived by motorbike so it was quite hard to get in or see much once inside. However, once inside it was very dark and atmospheric with the smell and smoke from all the incense. There is a turtle pool at the... More 

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Elgin, Texas
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Reviewed 15 July 2016

Nice place to visit but somewhat crowded with mainly tourists. Free and somewhat hard to find if walking around the area. Too may pigeons as people feed them making sure they congregate and poop; actually saw someone get poop on her shoulder.

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016

I was not all that impressed with the Emperor Jade Pagoda. It is a bit run down, particularly given that it is only about 100 years old. There are no English descriptions attached to anything, so luckily I did some research on my own before I went. But inside was just a collection of a handful of statues of Gods... More 

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Valletta, Malta
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Reviewed 14 July 2016

I certainly won't say that this temple is the best in Asia. It is a little run down in places, however, i would still very much recommend going inside. If you're lucky enough to not find a lot of people, it's actually rather peaceful. If anything, the riverside is a short walk from the temple. Recommended!

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