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Jade Emperor Pagoda

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The Jade Emperor Pagoda is a Taoist temple located in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It was built in 1909 by a Chinese merchant named Lưu Minh, who migrated from Guangzhou province in China. The temple is dedicated to the supreme Taoist god, the Jade Emperor or King of Heaven, as well as other deities and heroes from both Buddhist and Taoist traditions. The temple is also known as Phuoc Hai Tu (Sea of Blessing Temple) or Chua Ngoc Hoang (Jade Emperor Hall).

The Jade Emperor Pagoda is open daily from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Jade Emperor Pagoda’s admission is free.

Visitors are expected to dress modestly and respectfully, and to remove their shoes before entering the main hall. Photography is allowed, but flash is not recommended as it may disturb the worshippers. Visitors can also buy incense sticks or candles to offer at the altars, or feed the turtles in the pond outside the temple.

The Jade Emperor Pagoda is located at 73 Mai Thi Luu Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. It can be reached by bus, taxi, motorbike or bicycle. The nearest bus stop is Da Kao Market, which is served by bus number 93. From there, it is a short walk to the temple. Alternatively, visitors can take a taxi or a motorbike taxi (xe om) to the temple directly.

The temple is a popular attraction for both locals and tourists, as it offers a glimpse into the rich and diverse religious culture of Vietnam. The temple is also known for its exquisite woodcarvings, colorful statues and intricate tile work.

Some of the highlights of the Jade Emperor Pagoda include:

  • The main hall, where the Jade Emperor presides over the sanctuary, flanked by his four guardians and two generals. The hall is filled with smoke from the incense burners and candles, creating a mystical atmosphere.
  • The room of Thanh Hoang, the Chief of Hell, where visitors can see the statues of the gods who judge and punish the souls of the dead. The room also contains the Hall of Ten Hells, which depicts the various tortures that await the sinners in each region of hell.
  • The room of Kim Hoa Thanh Mau, the Chief of All Women, where visitors can see the statues of 12 women who represent different human characteristics and astrological signs. Each woman has a number of children around her, indicating her fertility and fortune.
  • The upstairs hall of Quan Am, the Goddess of Mercy, who is revered for her compassion and kindness. Opposite her portrait is Dat Ma, the Indian founder of Zen Buddhism.
  • The turtle pond, where visitors can see hundreds of turtles swimming and basking in the sun. Some of the turtles have inscriptions on their shells, which are believed to bring luck and blessings to those who touch them.

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