Exciting Saigon

Todays' pagodas and attractions in Saigon/HCMC

The newest centre for bargains in HCMC, 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. The merchandise is disorganised and may require some digging around to find the right piece. Larger shoe sizes are also available.In addition to cold weather wear, the Russian Market on ...
architecture Ho Chi Minh City
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 of early European railway stations. An enormous picture of Ho Chi Minh overlooks proceedings. Even ...
architecture Ho Chi Minh City
Inaugurated in October 2010, the 262.5 metre high Bitexco Financial Tower is currently the tallest building in Vietnam. Located in the middle of Ho Chi Minh City's business and entertainment core, the tower has 68 floors, a 50th floor helipad, and 3 basements. And on the 49th floor, Saigon Skydeck ...
churches Ho Chi Minh City
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 street vendors. Inside, the decor is austere, but the church is lively during services and ...
markets Ho Chi Minh City
This bunker-like building on Yersin near Saigon's backpacker area in District 1 sells army gear, boots, gas masks, electronics and even imported industrial equipment. Find anything you might need for a camping trip, a military dress party or a burgeoning private army. Mostly a hassle free surplus shopping experience, Yersin ...

Premier pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City

  • Jade Emperor Pagoda

    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 ...

  • Tam Son Hoi Quan Pagoda

    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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Khanh Van Nam Vien Pagoda

    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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda

    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 ...