Known in Vietnamese as Phuoc Hai Tu and Chua Ngoc Hoang, built in 1909 by the Cantonese (Quang Dong) Congregation, is truly a gem of a Chinese temple. The Jade Emperor Pagoda is one of the most spectacularly colorful pagodas in Saigon, filled with statues of phantasmal divinities and grotesque heroes.
When walk inside the Jade Emperor Pagoda main hall, what you see is the statue of Jade Emperor himself; referred to as the “god of the heavens,” the emperor decides who will enter and who will be refused. He looks an awful lot like Confucius, only meaner. In an anteroom to the left, you’ll find Kim Hua, a goddess of fertility, and the King of Hell in another corner with his minions, who undoubtedly gets those the Jade Emperor rejects.
The Jade emperor Pagoda or temple of tortoise was constructed in 1909 by the Cantonese population lived in Ho Chi Minh City. The pagoda perfect place for photography that features ribbons of aromatic incense smoke, robed monks, artful carved figures, Buddha sculptures and a turtle pond. Even if you’re not the praying kind you owe it to yourself to check out the Jade Emperor Pagoda. It’s a cheap taxi ride to the temple from central Ho Chi Minh City. all of our Vietnam tours are pay a visit to this characteristic temple.
Address: 73 Mai Thi Luu, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Opening hours: Daily from 08:00 to 17:00
Distance to Airport: ~ 4 Kilometers
Distance to the center of Ho Chi Minh City: 1 Kilometer
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