Chùa Phước Hải (Điện Ngọc Hoàng), Ho Chi Minh City

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Chùa Phước Hải (Điện Ngọc Hoàng), Ho Chi Minh City - Address

Address: 73 Mai Thi Luu St., Dakao Ward, District 1, Đa Kao, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

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Timings: 07:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

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Overview of Chùa PhÆ°á»›c Hải (Äiện Ngá»c Hoàng)

Chùa PhÆ°á»›c Hải (Äiện Ngá»c Hoàng) lies in the city of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Chùa PhÆ°á»›c Hải (Äiện Ngá»c Hoàng) is not the prime point of interest of Ho Chi Minh City. Although, you can pay a quick visit to it if you are around.

Attractions like War Remnants Museum, Central Post Office, Reunification Palace, Cu Chi Tunnels and Bitexco Financial Tower Skydeck are the usual crowd pullers of Ho Chi Minh City and you might easily miss out Chùa PhÆ°á»›c Hải (Äiện Ngá»c Hoàng) amidst these top things to do in Ho Chi Minh City.

Most of the Ho Chi Minh City tours skip a visit to this place, but you can create your customized plan if you wish to visit Chùa PhÆ°á»›c Hải (Äiện Ngá»c Hoàng).

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Getting around Chùa Phước Hải (Điện Ngọc Hoàng), Ho Chi Minh City


It is recommended to take Taxi which will cost you roughly VND 60000, taking around 2 minutes. The distance between the two points is 2.37 Kilometre.


By walking for 23 minutes for a distance of 1.94 Kilometre.


Take a Taxi. The total distance will be 3.77 Kilometre costing VND 85000 and the duration of the trip will be 4 minutes.


You can reach Reunification Palace on foot. The distance is 2.4 Kilometre and it will take around 29 minutes.


Suggested transit method is Taxi. The distance between the points being 2.63 Kilometre, the time taken for the journey is 3 minutes. The expense of the trip is VND 65000.


It is recommended to walk. The distance is around 2 Kilometre and it will take around 24 minutes to reach the place on foot.

Chùa Phước Hải (Điện Ngọc Hoàng), Ho Chi Minh City Reviews - Write a Review

  • Build in the early XX century, in honor of rhetoric Supreme Taoist God... the jade emperor or King of heaven Incredible woodcarvings all around, budas and other figures, hide in the mist of incense smoke... this temple has an atmosphere of its own indeed

  • Ngoc Hoang Pagoda (also known as Phuoc Hai) has long existed in ancient Saigon, is located in Mai Thi Luu Street, District 1, only 100 m away to Dien Bien Phu Street, adjacent to the very Many houses and office areas are quite crowded, and one direction to Da Kao market is quite busy. Here President Obama visited in 2016!

  • Phuoc Hai pagode (Phước Hải in Vietnamese) was built in 1906 by direction of Le Minh who was Chinese. Vietnamese call the pagodes like Phuoc Hai as Chinese Pagode (Chùa Tàu in Vietnamese), explain how Phuoc Hai like Chinese pagode.

  • Even though the local populace might be loath to admit it, this Vietnamese Pagoda has much of a Chinese feel to it. The three large smoldering joss sticks, positioned a few meters directly in front of the main entrance, reinforce this assessment. The interior is also a bit of a surprise. In keeping with the Buddhist following of the country, I was expecting to see an array of the Buddha’s images. Instead there was an odd mix of historical figurines and effigies adorning the walls and alcoves. This, as I’ve come to find in my travels throughout the region, is not entirely unexpected. As with Thailand, Laos and Cambodia Buddhism, in Vietnam, is infused with local folk religions. The figurines and effigies staring down at me from the walls were, no doubt, revered ancestors and saintly figures from the historical past. My assessment of the pagoda’s interior is confirmed when a local lady asks me “are you here for good luck for having a baby.” The temple, as I’d already guessed, has a lot to do with fertility rites. I’m further informed “many foreigners come here for good luck for having a baby.” In this regard this temple, for the locals, is an eclectic mix of a spirit house and religious site for worship. I am told that spirits, in Asia at least, are nothing to be feared. Unlike the West, and its interpretation of ghost’s, spirits here are generally viewed as a source of good. More merit makers arrive to pay homage to the ancestral spirits. The routine is always the same. After igniting a bundle of incense sticks the worshiper moves in front of his, or her, preferred deity for the day. The bundle of smoldering sticks is clasped between upturned palms and held high to the forehead. In a standing position prayers, or incantations, are spoken softly between forward bends in the direction of the deity. After a minimum of three forward bends (bows) the worshiper then plants the burning incense sticks in the large earthen ware pot set up to receive all the smoldering offerings. The turtle, or tortoise, is held high regard in Vietnam; it is a symbol of longevity. It may also be considered a symbol of virility due to its longevity. For this reason alone turtles, and tortoises, are a revered and protected animal in Vietnam. Paying homage to the turtle spirits, and any beings associated with them, will hopefully bring good fortune to those planning to have a family. More visitors arrive and light up fresh bundles of joss sticks to continue the ritual. After getting plenty of good shots inside the temple it was time to focus my attention back outside. When I arrived I noticed a large pond on the right hand side of the grounds. A quick peek over the edge revealed a swarm of small turtles flapping about on the dry bottom. I was intrigued to see what the story was. I stepped back outside and made my way across to the pond perimeter wall. The cement wall is approx. one meter high above ground level and the bottom of the pond is approximately two meters below. I look over and see the swarm of small turtles still flapping away. This time however, there’s also a man with a garden hose, squatting nearby, giving them a relieving spray of cool water in the midday heat. I’m at a loss as to why there should be mass of small turtles at the bottom of a dry pond. Even stranger is the white lettering that’s on the backs of many of them.

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  • Very historic and beautiful architecture. Also a small pond with a large amount of turtles... A peaceful, shady place to relax or reflect. If Incense bothers your don't even think about going

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