Ngoc Hoang Pagoda
Ngoc Hoang Pagoda
The Emperor Jade
Pagoda (Chua Ngoc Hoang or Phuoc Hai Tu) is located at 73 Mai Thi Luu Street,
District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Ngoc Hoang Pagoda is also known as the
Tortoise Pagoda. This figurine-filled place of worship is considered by many to
be Saigon�s finest. The Jade Emperor Pagoda is one of the most attractive
pagodas in the city. Dedicated to various Chinese-Vietnamese divinities, in a
mixture of Taoist and Buddhist styles, the pagoda houses numerous statues and
delicate woodcarvings with intricate tiles on the roof.
An outer courtyard is filled with lotus ponds and bamboo bird
cages, two fish and turtle pools, and Ho Phap temple �with the names of the two
colossal statues guarding the main gate of a pagoda. The pagoda has about 300
statues placed in three sections as follows:
God of the soil (the left of entrance) and the gate-gods (the
right of entrance)
Duoc Su Buddha is in the central section
Thanh Long General is placed in the left and Phuc Ho General
in the right
Emperor Jade is worshiped in central, Cundi Bodhisattva in
right and Huyen Vo Buddha in left.
You�ll be rewarded with the sight of several giant papier-mache
Buddhist and Taoist figures, magnificent but fierce-looking, standing at the
side. Though choc-a-bloc with statuettes and carvings, the Taoist Jade Emperor
takes center stage. Take a close look at the pagoda� worn walls, lined with
gilt-edge and old wooden tablets, and scrawled with Chinese characters.
In addition, there are many statues such as a constellation in
the northern hemisphere, Ursa major, Sun Wukong. Some
statues were made from wood and others from pasteboard.
The Emperor Jade Pagoda is one of the pagodas to attract many
pilgrims in the first and the fifteenth day of the lunar month and holidays.
Especially, it attracts more and more pilgrims on the birth anniversary of the