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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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nice place to see and understand the local beliefs

Place was crowded but still enough to walk leisurely and view the pagoda place and its surrounding , interesting pagoda and good to stop for a pic

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 April 2016
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sgp
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

Place was crowded but still enough to walk leisurely and view the pagoda place and its surrounding , interesting pagoda and good to stop for a pic

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North Shields, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile

This was part of an escorted tour, so we went without knowing too much about it as the pagoda is not in the main downtown tourist spots. Yes, this was a "Chinatown" pagoda, but we have seen a lot better and it was not anywhere near add impressive externally as some of the many pagodas in and around ho chi... More 

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

Walked over from our hotel. It was a little difficult to find but very glad we took the time. Lots of visitors but we did not feel rushed in looking at the interior.

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Thank Nancy M
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

This is a small but very beautiful pagoda, in which the triple influential religions in Viet Nam were well-mixed. Taoism, Buddism and the traditional belief.

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Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016

The place is a little bit far from the other tourist destinations. You can ride a tricycle or ride a motorcycle, but we preferred walking that time. I'm also uncertain whether the lengthy walking is worth it. The pictures on the internet are pretty much different compared to its actuality that we doubted for a while whether the place is... More 

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Dupont, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016

I try to be very culturally sensitive, and I never write poor reviews based on my own cultural bias. However, I do not understand any this site is listed as a must see on so many travel sites. It is a small, modest, neighborhood temple, tucked quietly away in a residential neighborhood of Ho Chi Minh City, away from any... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

Our hotel was more central - but the taxi fare was only $US 6. The temple was well worth seeing, they have a large number of captive turtles which I disagree with. Across the road you can by a bird or turtle and release it in the temple. Interesting - may need a guide or read up before hand. Entrance... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

We knew nothing about this Pagoda, and were brought here by our rickshaw driver. I actually loved this place for the reason some noted as negatives. Where people thought it was run-down and poorly maintained, I thought it was authentic. Locals actually came here to worship, and we were able to sit in the main hall and observe. The above... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016

Located at 73 Mai Thi Luu Street. Many statues of Buddhist / Taoist deities. Advisable to take a cab there. Courtyard has a small concrete pond filled with turtles.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

This is a quick stop. There is not a whole lot to see. If you are into this kind of thing then you might like. It is small and not really much to look at. A few good pictures.

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