The Jade Emperor Pagoda, is a must see pagoda In Ho Chi Minh city. If you have limited time in the city and want to see some pagodas. This is one of the pagodas you should defiantly stop by.  Hidden away from the main streets, it offers a nice relaxed atmosphere. For those looking to escape the hectic streets of the city, this is the perfect place. The outside area of the pagoda, also offers a nice big seating area, where you can sit and relax away from the city.

The turtle pond outside the pagoda

The Pagoda built in honor of and named after the supreme Taoist god (the Jade Emperor or King of Heaven, Ngoc Hoang) He is the one who decides who is allowed entry into the heavens and who is refused entry. His alter is the main focus point of the Pagoda, where you will see many worshippers praying front of him.

The temple although small in size on the Inside, is filled with a lot of Interesting figures on display. Which feature an assortment of  Chinese Taoist religious symbolism. Even though the temple is quite dark and filled with Intimidating displays, I really found it to be quite a peaceful place. I found it nice just watching people, as they come to worship and just taking in all the very Interesting architecture and displays around the Pagoda.

the jade emperor alter

Jade Emperor

The Jade Emperor pagoda is located at 73 Mai Thi Luu Street, District 1. Within walkable distance from the other main attractions around District 1 and about a 20 min walk from ben Thanh market. You can also get a public bus there, if you feel like navigating the local buses. Get on bus 36, which leaves from the Ben Thanh bus station (just opposite Ben Thanh market) and get of at the Tran Quang Khai Street. Always let the driver know your stop and they will happily tell you, when you are there.

Entrance Into the pagoda is free, but If you have a bike it will cost you 4,000 VND to park it there. Opening hours are from 7am-6pm. Although there did not appear to be any dress code rules outside. I would still advise to dress respectfully, after all this is still a place of worship and a sacred place for people who come to worship.

I highly recommend you visit here, if  in Ho Chi Minh city. There is a lot of Interesting things to see in here. The pagoda is quite a unique one and the atmosphere is unlike most others.

More photos from inside the Pagoda 

Worshippers at the temple

One of the alters

Some of the many figures around the temple

An alter at the pagoda

Worshippers in the Pagoda

Jade Emperor Pagoda