In the 19th century, Chinese settlers in Ho Chi Minh City who adhered to Taoist beliefs built the famous temple to the Emperor of Jade, whom Taoism designated as the “god of the heavens”. Guarded by lions sculpted on the gates, the pagoda reflects a mixture of Vietnamese and Chinese designing styles.
The statue of the Jade Emperor is found in the main hall, while a goddess of fertility – called the idol of Kin Hua – occupies a nearby room. There are also carvings depicting the King of Hell according to Chinese legends. The temple is also known as the Tortoise Pagoda because this animal can be found in bodies of water inside.