Emperor Jade Pagoda, also called Tortoise Pagoda, is without doubt one of the 5 most vital shrines in Ho Chi Minh City. Constructed on the flip of the 20th Century by a group of Cantonese who migrated from Guangzhou province in Southwest China, this pagoda is a tremendous illustration of Mahayanist department of Buddhism that's practiced extensively in Vietnam.
In the principle corridor, the Emperor Jade Chua Ngoc Hoang or the 'God of the Heavens' reigns supreme. Aided by two assistants, the Emperor decides who can enter this greater realm. Those that do not move this gate will meet with the formidable 'God of Hell', on the left, who will ship sinners to one of many 10 ranges of hell. Life in purgatory is magnificently if considerably gruesomely represented by the intricate carvings on the temple wall, depicting totally different sorts of punishments that await transgressors.
In a distinct corridor, the goddess of fertility Kim Hua, surrounded by figures of girls and young children, blesses childless who pray for an offspring right here. The goddess of mercy Kuan Yin, who kinds a vital a part of any Taoist temple, has an altar in a room on the highest ground.
Emperor Jade Pagoda is a dwelling and dealing shrine very a lot in use by the locals who come right here to prayer or make votive choices of flowers, and light-weight candles and joss sticks. With worshippers coming and going, the temple can get busy and really feel slightly cramped. Its dimly lit, the slim passageways stuffed with smoke lend an atmospheric really feel to the place, including to its allure.
There may be an overcrowded tortoise pond in entrance of the temple grounds and feeding the animals is taken into account a part of the merit-making, temple-going rituals.
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:00
Location: 73 Mai Thi Luu, District 3
Remarks: There is no such thing as a entrance payment however guests could make donations