Martyrs' Cemetery

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 is dotted with trees that provide respite from the burning sun. There is also a lake with a bridge. On the grounds you are sure to witness people offering burnt incense, lighted candles and flowers. Check the large, Stalinesque statues.

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The Archbishop's Palace

With its imposing exterior, replete with wooden shutters and balconies, the Archbishop's Palace was originally built in 1790 for the French Bishop of Adran, it was relocated in 1946 to its current site. This colonial wonder is one of the best maintained examples of French architecture in Saigon.

If you want to visit a fine example of HCMC colonial architecture, look no further than The Archbishop's Palace. The property is located on Nguyen Dinh Chieu in District 3, Saigon. Its original appearance and shape have not been altered for over 200 years. 

On the same site, you will also be able to view a smaller wooden house, which is regarded to be the oldest building in Saigon. In 1980, workmen replaced the insides of the insect-eaten pillar wood with reinforced concrete. They managed to keep the outer wood shell though, so the appearance is one of antiquity.

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