Chua Phuoc Hai in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is famous for its small area of Chua Ngoc Hoang, but the incense is very popular. Vietnamese people go to burn incense and pray for blessings. No one takes pictures in the Yuhuang Hall, so they only take a few pictures outside.
We were exploring Ho Chi Minh City and decided to check out the Emperor Jade Pagoda since it was one of the attractions listed as worthwhile to visit. As we arrived, we saw that they were in the middle of a Lunar New Year celebration complete with dragon dancers and live music. We made our way into the temple and lit some incense to pray for blessings in the new year. The Emperor Jade Pagoda is a Taoist temple but these days, Buddhists also come here. It's a beautiful and serene place.
The Emperor Jade Pagoda was built in 1909 in honor of the supreme Taoist god (the Jade Emperor or King of Heaven, Ngoc Hoang). This is one of the most beautiful temples of Saigon, full of character and atmosphere. It is packed with statues of phantasmal divinities and grotesque heroes. Incense smoke fills the air. It is one of the most popular attractions in Ho Chi Minh City.
Yuhuang Temple has a large incense burner and turtle release pond. There are some good shady places in the yard. There are separate places of worship in the yard. But this is not a big space. There are some beautiful wood carvings depicting eighteen levels of hell. You can take a turtle and put it symbolically in the pond.
Built in the early 20th-century, this Taoist temple has wonderful woodwork filled with exquisite carvings of dragons and various animals.
The Jade Emperor Temple is more than one kilometer away from the Museum of History. It is not afraid to walk by. The temple is small and hidden in an alley. In addition to the Jade Emperor, there are also grandpa, the God of wealth, and the father of the land. The incense is very strong.
This religious place is over a hundred years old and was first built to honour the Taoist Gods. Today, many locals flock here regularly to worship both the Taoist and Buddhist Gods that adorn the building. Incense is for sale and locals will buy it, sometimes hoisting it up to the ceiling and letting the scent waft down, clogging up the air inside the pagoda with its sweet smell. Outside, there is a small pond crawling with turtles, some of which have auspicious inscriptions on the shells, and many with algae growing on their backs.