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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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Half-Day Small-Group Ho Chi Minh City Tour
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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%
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“turtle pond” (28 reviews)
“wood carvings” (19 reviews)
“incense smoke” (12 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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73 Mai Thi Luu St, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
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Reviewed 27 December 2016

Worshippers come to pray for the ability to have children, long life, and financial security. Also houses carvings depicting the daoist hell.

Thank marcuscromwell
Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

The pagoda is nice but they Have these Stagnant water pools with hundreds or tortoises that had thick green slime all over there shells and there were many of them that they were unable get out if the water, they then had a cage with...More

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Reviewed 19 December 2016

We visit the Emperor Jade Pagoda (Chua Ngoc Hoang) on Sunday and it was crowded yet quiet. There was a lot preying people. It was nice experience to see it full of locals practicing their religion.

Thank Henry K
Reviewed 15 December 2016

Definitely go there and get out of the busy Saigon streets, Feels peaceful and you will need it when you are in Saigon. So yes go there.

Thank AsliHanGedik
Reviewed 14 December 2016

nice old traditional chinese temple. Crowded yet quiet. A good place for a moment of quietness in the busy city.

Thank ronleech
Reviewed 7 December 2016 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...More

Thank Kathmal
Reviewed 6 December 2016

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.

Thank ScotlandRosslea
Reviewed 4 December 2016 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...More

Thank Sharon A
Reviewed 3 December 2016

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...More

Thank Anne Louise N
Reviewed 30 November 2016

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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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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