Vietnam in general and Ho Chi Minh City in particular has a healthy respect towards all religions. It simply is never an issue here. Social and religious tolerance seems to be part of the Vietnamese psych. The city has Buddhists, Christians and Muslims in good numbers, all living in harmony with one another. The Buddhist temples and Christian Churches are dotted everywhere, it is hard to miss them. So, where are the mosques? There are 12 mosques serving the muslim population of Ho Chi Minh City.
The earliest recorded introduction of Islam in the country is in the late 10th century. The main group of Muslim people in Vietnam are the Cham people, one of Vietnam’s ethnic minority groups. These make up about 65% of the Muslim population. Almost 80% of Vietnam’s Muslims live in the Southwest of the country.
The most prominent mosque is the Jamia Al Muslimin Mosque right in the centre of town. It is on Dong Du, a small street that runs between Hai Ba Trung and Dong Khoi. It is possible to walk past without noticing. It is a busy mosque and has halal food vendors outside most of the time. Also in District 1, the Jamiul Islamiyah Mosque on Tran Hung Dao is an active temple of worship.
If you go to visit a mosque remember that strict codes of dress and behaviour are demanded. Always dress modestly and keep legs and shoulders covered. It is important that you remove your shoes at the entrance. Also check times of certain important prayer meetings. These are fascinating buildings and an important part of the fabric of Ho Chi Minh City’s society.