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Jade Emperor Pagoda

73 Đường Mai Thị Lựu, Đa Kao, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
+84 28 3820 3102
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Jade Emperor Pagoda Ho Chi Minh City  Vietnam

Jade Emperor Pagoda

With incense swirling through the air and statues of dragons, fierce animals and wild birds looming all around you, this temple, constructed by the city’s Cantonese community at the beginning of the 20th century, is certainly atmospheric. The Jade Emperor (heaven's gatekeeper) lords over its main sanctuary with worshippers amassed before him; those who don't meet with his approval are sent on to the formidable "God of Hell," whose 10 levels of purgatory are magnificently—and gruesomely—represented by the intricate temple-wall carvings. There's no entrance fee, but visitors can make donations.