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Jade Emperor Pagoda

History

Jade Emperor Pagoda, officially known as Jade Emperor Temple was built in 1909 by the Chinese community. Located in Vietnam, it was renamed as Luck Sea Temple and Tortoise Pagoda in the year 1984. The resplendent structure was built by the Cantonese community in the 20th century.

The highlight of the temple is the powerful sculpture of the Jade Emperor ‘the god of heaven’. It is him who decides who goes in and who moves to the horrendous place. With two of his senior officers, one with a lamp to brighten the path and the other with the axe to govern justice. Some of the other divinities found here are the fertility Goddess, the Lord of Hell and Lord Buddha. The complete assemblage reflects a union of Taoist, Buddhist and Confucian mythologies.

The hall of the ten hells is the main attraction to the left of the temple. The wooden panels with exquisite carvings depict the 10 layers of hell. Drawing huge crowd of tourists and visitors the temple overspills with aroma.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Jade Emperor Pagoda is between December and January.

Trivia

In Chinese tradition the turtles are believed to bring good luck so do visit the turtle pond at the Pagoda.

Timing

The Pagoda is open seven days a week from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.


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