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All aflutter in Ho Chi Minh City

- SANDRA MORANTE // PHOTOGRAPH­ER sandramora­ @holasandra­photo

Also known as the Tortoise Pagoda, the Jade Emperor Pagoda is one of the most important Taoist shrines in the Vietnamese city. Worshipper­s flock to the sanctuary, just a short walk from Ben Thanh Market, to pray and make votive offerings of flowers and candles. Inside, the temple’s narrow, dimly lit and smoky hallways have a slightly surreal atmosphere, while the outside is a riot of colour and activity: pigeons flutter, incense wafts and people come and go beneath the bunting. It’s a vibrant contrast to the subdued sanctity of the temple’s interior.

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