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The newest center for bargains in Ho Chi Minh City, the Russian Market, like its name implies, caters to visitors from Russia. Boasting the largest stock of discounted winter gear in Saigon, you can renew your wardrobe of ski jackets and accessories at a fraction of the cost back home. The merchandise is disorganized and may require some digging around, but it’s well worth it. Larger shoe sizes are also available. In addition to cold-weather ...
Formerly known as Rue Catinat during the French colonial days and Tu Do in the 1960s, this street was reborn during Doi Moi as the centre of Saigon’s commercial and shopping district. Local boutiques compete ...
Saigon's version of Bangkok backpacker haunt Khaosan Road, Pham Ngu Lao Street in Saigon is a convenient place to find cheap accommodation, food and nightlife. With a plethore of bars and restaurants, Pham Ngu Lao ...
Located in Saigon's Chinatown and built between 1939 and 1942 by Cantonese immigrants, this is one of the few Taoist pagodas in Vietnam. It is unique for its colourful statues of Taoist disciples. The main ...
HCMC's War Remnants Museum is not for the faint-hearted as it houses provocative displays of weapons and photographs. Established in 1975, the War Remnants Museum focuses on remnants including U.S. armoured vehicles, a fighter jet, ...

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Premier pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City

  • Thien Hau Pagoda

    Also known as Chua Ba, this beautiful Saigon pagoda was built by the Chinese in the early 19th century. It is one of the most active temples in Cho Lon and has an otherworldly atmosphere owing to the smoking rings of swirling incense and majestic interior furnishings. It is dedicated to Thien Hau, goddess of the sea and protector of ...

  • Vinh Nghiem Pagoda

    The largest pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City is a blend of modern influence and traditional Japanese and Vietnamese culture. It is home to a sanctuary and a seven-floor, 40-metre high tower. People come here to pay homage to Siddhartha Gautama, Buddha himself, and Samantabhadra, the Lord of Truth and Manjusri. Make sure to leave time to visit Vinh Nghiem ...

  • Khanh Van Nam Vien...

    Located in Saigon's Chinatown and built between 1939 and 1942 by Cantonese immigrants, this is one of the few Taoist pagodas in Vietnam. It is unique for its colourful statues of Taoist disciples. The main altar features a Yin and Yang symbol. Upstairs is a 150cm high statue of Chinese philosopher Lao Tse with a halo that makes creative use ...

  • Jade Emperor Pagod...

    Put this atmospheric Cantonese pagoda, built in 1909, at the top of your HCMC temple visiting list. The Jade Emperor, heaven's gatekeeper, watches over an incense-filled room while hidden chambers harbour woodcarvings and altars depicting scenes from Taoist and Buddhist myths. One hall houses the go-to deity if you're seeking fertility and the upstairs section represents heaven and features the ...

  • Nghia An Hoi Quan ...

    Built by the Chaozhou Chinese population of Ho Chi Minh City, this pagoda is hidden behind a sinister-looking gate. The pagoda is noteworthy for its gilded woodwork: a carved wooden boat hangs over the entrance and to the left is a large representation of Quan Cong's horse and groom. At the ornate altar, greet Quan Cong himself, to whom the ...

  • Tam Son Hoi Quan P...

    Built by the Fujian Congregation of Saigon in 1839, Tam Son Hoi Quan Pagoda has thankfully retained its rich ornamentation. The Cho Lon-located pagoda is dedicated to Mother Sanh, the Goddess of Fertility, and is popular with women praying for conception. The worshippers congregate in front of Mother Sanh's altar at the back of the temple. When you're in Chinatown ...

  • Xa Loi Pagoda

    This seven-tier pagoda is revered as the home of a Buddha relic and a Buddhist publishing centre. Built in 1956, the pagoda was the centre of opposition in 1963 when 400 monks and nuns were arrested for civil disobedience. Thich Quang Duc, one of the monks to protest by self-immolation, has a memorial nearby. Check out the 32m-tall bell tower, ...

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