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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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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
73 Mai Thi Luu St, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
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Reviewed 26 November 2016

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.

Thank Wayne-Lambert
Reviewed 25 November 2016 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...More

Thank Paulo R
Reviewed 23 November 2016

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

Thank JimmyJackk
Reviewed 23 November 2016 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?

Thank Imhotep2
Reviewed 22 November 2016

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...More

Thank The_Crofter
Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

lots of incense, smoky and cloudy inside. it is far ( about 20 minutes from city center when walking) and far from city center. not worth going to if your not REALLY wanting to go. but if you decide to go it is nice

Thank CamiiiTravel
Reviewed 20 November 2016

We took a taxi which dropped us off in front of a simple entrance to what looks like a little park.At first we wondered whether this would be a worthwhile vist but the deeper we went in, the more interesting and crowded it got. In...More

Thank dunsienda
Reviewed 19 November 2016

Travelled by taxi to this atmospheric pagoda full of different rooms each with their own story/statue/altars with offerings. Incense provides further atmosphere everywhere. Lake at front full of turtles is incredible to see how many there are and learnt that many couples would bring turtles...More

Thank Janette R
Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

We've been to as many Asian temples as churches in Europe and this one was uniquely different. It's a temple for any religion and while there is a small golden Buddha inside the most interesting figure is a Confucius looking statue with a fu man...More

Thank cristip_2010
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Absolutely wonderful and unique place to visit. Outside there is a pond of turtles, inside some magnificent statues, never seen anything quite so quirky in this working temple Do not miss the opportunity to visit here

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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.