Built in 1909 by the Cantonese community, the Jade Emperor Pagoda (Phước Hải Tự or Chùa Ngọc Hoàng in Vietnamese) is one of the most spectacular pagodas in HCMC. This place is truly a gem among Chinese pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City, filled with more than 300 statues of divinities and heroes. Some statues were made of wood and the dominant figure in the main hall is the Jade Emperor, referred to as the "god of the heaven". You will also see the Fertility goddess, the Lord of Hell and The future Buddha. The entire collection is part of a fusion of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism.
One special thing about the Jade Emperor Pagoda is the terrapin pool in the entrance courtyard. You can write your names on the turtle’s shell and release them into the pond in order to pray for good luck and peace.
There is no entrance fee. I recommend it for every visitor to this city.
The Jade Emperor pagoda has Buddha statues of various materials, a fish pond and a tortoise lake which all create a peaceful and sacred atmosphere. Visitors feel the harmony of the Taoist and Buddhist structure. Locals call it Ngọc Hoàng pagoda although its official name is Phước Hải Tự.