Emperor Jade Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City

Stop by Emperor Jade Pagoda, a colorful temple honoring the supreme Taoist god. Built by the Chinese community in 1909, the temple features a large statue of the God of Heavens, with two assistants seated in the central hall taking numerous offerings. Light a candle or burn incense, and observe worshippers reading sutras and socializing in the tropical garden outside the pagoda. Visit the central pond to see the many resident tortoises, which you can feed. Famous for its intensely colored life-size figurines--considered among the finest in the city--the temple serves as a vital and popular religious center. You can plan Ho Chi Minh City trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • It is a bit rundown, but the statuary is rather unique for those of us not from Asia. It can be a crunch inside so be prepared to take your time and watch your step.  more »
  • I recommend visiting this building as it is a significant example of what is a pagoda, of the devotion of the people and unfortunately of how it is exploited. Arriving you are first in a very beautiful and typically oriental atmosphere with the vast courtyard that precedes the pagoda, almost covered by the branches of plants and softened by a profusion of lanterns with a lively color; then you arrive at the building of an intense pink with on the sides of the entrance two small stone lions: all very beautiful and that knows how to inspire a sense of serenity. The interior is very different, consisting of rather cramped rooms and corridors topped and almost suffocated by altars and statues. All this is rather claustrophobic but at the same time interesting in the contrast between the devotion of the people gathered in prayer and the exasperated exploitation of which they are subject: in fact, at every step there were sales counters that in a way to our almost obsessive eyes marketed things to offer to the gods and which the faithful assiduously bought to place them on the altars. But, given the amount, then what were they meant to do? An example of what happens was we noticed seeing some people giving to a woman that was in charge of the bottles full of oil, which I poured, in front of an altar, in a kind of lamp-burner, only that the oil overflowed, went down in a with a pipe he ended up in a bin at the foot of the altar from which he was picked up to return to the sales desk! This very disliked aspect we have noticed in several pagodas where without any scruples we exploit the naivety and faith of the people, with examples, for our way of seeing things, at least in my opinion, really reprehensible.
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