Exciting Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Todays' pagodas and attractions in Saigon/HCMC

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 ...
markets | Ho Chi Minh City
This bunker-like building on Yersin Street 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 market, ...
architecture | Ho Chi Minh City
Halfway between HCMC and Bien Hoa is the Martyrs' Cemetery, dedicated to the memory of those who sacrificed themselves for national liberation in the American War. You enter the grounds through a large wall to be greeted by statues looming at the end of a long walkway. The vast cemetery ...
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 ...
markets | Ho Chi Minh City
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 back home. The merchandise is ...

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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...