Jade Emperor Pagoda

Jade Emperor Pagoda

Jade Emperor Pagoda (Ngoc Hoang Pagoda) is located on Mai Thi Luu Street, District 1 (Ho Chi Minh City) with age of more than a century. It was recognized by the State as a national architectural heritage.

Ngoc Hoang Pagoda has an area of 2,300 m2, built in the period 1892-1900 in Chinese architecture style. Inside the temple are three buildings: in front temple,  middle temple and main temple. In the main hall there are worshiping the Jade Emperor, the Buddha and the gods.

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. The goddess of mercy Kuan Yin, who forms a very important part of any Taoist temple, has an altar in a room on the top floor.

Emperor Jade Pagoda is a living and working shrine very much in use by the locals who come here to prayer or make votive offerings of flowers, and light candles and joss sticks. With worshipper coming and going, the temple can get busy and feel a little cramped. Its dimly lit, the narrow passageways filled with smoke lend an atmospheric feel to the place, adding to its charm.

This is the only temple in Vietnam with ancient paper statues depicting the meeting of the gods in honor of the Jade Emperor.

In the afternoon of May 24, 2016, the President of the United States - Barack Obama visited the Jade Emperor during his official visit to Vietnam.

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