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District 1 is the financial and commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City. Most travellers will spend the majority of their time here. Home to most of the major sights and an expanding number of bars and restaurants, District 1 was designed by French architects during the colonial era, which explains the wide, tree-lined boulevards and frequent parklands. On a visit to Saigon you could spend all your time in District 1 exclusively and never ...
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 ...
One of HCMC's most popular attractions, Saigon Central Post Office is the largest post office in Vietnam. Built between 1886 and 1891 by renowned architect Gustave Eiffel, the vaulted roof and arched windows are reminiscent ...
The famous central Saigon Cathedral, built in 1877, is one of HCMC's architectural marvels, built with materials imported from France. Sitting between two streams of traffic, the streets outside are always bustling with traffic and ...
In the centre of HCMC, at the end of Nguyen Hue, sits the magnificent office of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee. Completed in 1908 by the French, the former Hotel de Ville's design ...

Premier pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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, ...

  • 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 ...

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