Arguably the most famous temple in Vietnam, the Jade Emperor Pagoda was most recently in the news after American President Barack Obama visited the site on his state visit to Vietnam in May 2016.
Unlike many old temples in Asia or Vietnam, this temple is vibrant and active with locals presenting offerings and praying at the many shrines here. It’s a refreshing experience to see active, local worship at this pagoda. There is an atmosphere of respect, humbleness, and patience at the temple. A place where locals can worship and reflect. Despite its newfound fame with President Obama’s visit, there was nothing commercial or touristy about the pagoda. True to its name, the temple is decorated with green ceramic tiles and dragons on every corner. There’s an area cordoned off at the temple for sacred turtles. They are considered symbols of good fortune in Vietnam.
Travel tips for the Jade Emperor Pagoda
The Jade Emperor Pagoda is located in the sleepy, residential Dakao ward within District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City. Here you’ll find some gems, like Cuc Gach Cafe, Bunker Bed & Breakfast, and the Vintage Emporium. Don’t miss them!
Location: 73 Mai Thi Luu St., Dakao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Hours: 07:00 – 18:00, daily