March 30, 2023
Destination Discovery

The Emperor Jade Pagoda

The Emperor Jade Pagoda

The Emperor Jade Pagoda (Chua Ngoc Hoang or Phuoc Hai Tu) is located at 73 Mai Thi Luu Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Ngoc Hoang Pagoda was built in 1909 by a community of Cantonese who migrated from Guangzhou province in Southwest China.

The pagoda is about 2,300 m2. This pagoda is also known as the Tortoise Pagoda. The Jade Emperor Pagoda is one of the most attractive pagodas in the city. The pagoda houses numerous statues and delicate woodcarvings with intricate tiles on the roof.

The main gate of pagoda

Jade Emperor Pagoda is an ancient pagoda, following a Chinese temple style with brilliant motifs. The pagoda is built with bricks, the roof is covered with yin and yang tiles, the roof is decorated, the angle of the roof is made of many colored ceramic statues. Inside the pagoda there are many worksart: paintings of worship, statues of worshiping, incense ... with materials such as: wood, pottery, paper.

The architecture inside pagoda

An outer courtyard is filled with lotus ponds and bamboo bird cages, two fish and turtle pools, and Ho Phap temple- the names of the two colossal statues guarding the main gate of a pagoda. The pagoda has about 300 statues .

Fish pool outside pagoda


There are too many big fishes under the pool

This is the notice and a place that visitors can incense just only outside , we cannot bring it into the inside of pagoda

Turtle pool

Emperor Jade is worshiped in central, Duoc Su Buddha is in the central section

Two "Ho Phap" temple are placed on the right and left hand of main gate

"Ho Phap" temple on the right hand

"Ho Phap" temple on the left hand

National architectural art relics

The entrance to the main hall

The main hall of Emperor Jade Pagoda

Don't forget to take off your hat before come in

The drum and bell 

The pagoda's worn walls, lined with gilt-edge and old wooden tablets, and scrawled with Chinese characters.

The Emperor Jade Pagoda is one of the pagodas to attract many pilgrims in the 1st and the 15th of the lunar month and holidays. Especially, it attracts more and more pilgrims on the birth anniversary of the Emperor Jade

Jade Emperor is a pagoda more than 100 years old in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. US President Barrack Obama visited the temple on the afternoon of 24 May' 2016

In a different hall, the goddess of fertility Kim Hua, surrounded by figures of women and small children, blesses childless couples who pray for an offspring here.

There's a men to guide for this woman how to pray for goddess of fertility Kim Hua

The statue of 12 goddess of fertility


God of wealth Hall

This is a place for visitors to pray and wish , people believe that if we wish something in our life, the God of wealth will help you to make your dream become true.

The man in the picture will give to visitor a small item with red color , is as a symbol of lucky. And use it around the fire , after that you put it into your bag. What did you pray, to become true and given lucky for you.

The notice what should you do and cannot when coming pagoda as a regulations

We can buy souvenirs

Let's take a seat when tired

Motorbike's parking lot

Every day, foreigners and domestic visitors come to see the pagoda very crowded. The biggest festival is Vía Ngọc Hoàng which takes place on 9th January  (Lunar calendar) every year, which is said to be the birth of the Jade Emperor. On 15th October 1994, Ngoc Hoang Pagoda was recognized as a national artistic architectural monument.