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Jade Emperor Pagoda in Ho Chi minh

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Emperor Jade Pagoda or Ngoc Hoang Pagoda, which is also known as Tortoise Pagoda, has become popular as one of the most Ho Chi Minh City’s spectacularly atmospheric temples with statues of phantasmal divinities and grotesque heroes. It was also the first stop-over of U.S President Barack Obama during his landmark Vietnam visit.

Ngoc Hoang Pagoda was built in 1909 by a Cantonese who migrated from Guangzhou province in Southwest China, in honor of the supreme Taoist god (called the Jade Emperor or King of Heaven, Ngoc Hoang). It is a typical representation of Mahayanist branch of Buddhism that is widely practiced throughout Vietnam.

Entering the main hall of the building, tourists can see the two Taoist figures with fierce and menacing faces. The statue on the right is a 4-meter high statue of the General who defeated the Green Dragon; whereas the on 
 
the left is the statue of General defeating the White Tiger. Worshippers to the pagoda all gather in front of the ineffable Jade Emperor who presides over the main sanctuary. He is well draped in luxurious robes and shrouded in a dense fug of incense smoke, as well as assisted by his guardians, named the Four Big Diamonds (Tu Dai Kim Cuong). The Emperor can decide who can enter the higher realm.
 
Inside the Jade Emperor Ngoc Hoang Pagoda - Ho Chi Minh city tour full day
Inside Ngoc Hoang Pagoda, the first stop-over of Obama during his visit in Ho Chi Minh City

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