The six most popular religions in Saigon and the rest of Vietnam are: Buddhism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Hindu, Islam, Cao Đài and Hòa Hảo. The last two are indigenous religions that emerged during the colonial period. However, the majority identify with what is called “triple religion” or Tam Giáo, which is a mix of Taoism, Confucianism and Mahayana Buddhism, in addition to practising ancestor worship.

Ancestor worship plays an important part in the daily lives of the Vietnamese people. No matter what one’s religion is, almost every Vietnamese home maintains a household altar which is used to pay respect to one’s ancestors. Vietnamese believe in the afterlife, and that it is the duty of the living to meet the needs of the dead. In turn, ancestors will give their blessing to the living.

Generally speaking regardless of your religion you can find a suitable place to worship in HCMC.

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