Best Mosques in Ho Chi Minh City

By: Rastian Guana

Ho Chi Minh City has a healthy respect towards all religions. In fact, anywhere around Vietnam is generally accepting and courteous of other religions. It's simply never an issue here. Social and religious tolerance seems to be part of the Vietnamese psyche. 

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.

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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.

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 in Ho Chi Minh City? 

Saigon Central Mosque (Jamia Al Muslimin Mosque)

66 Dong Du, D1

Opening Hours: 8:00 am to 9:00 pm every day

The most prominent mosque in Ho Chi Minh City is the Jamia Al Muslimin Mosque right in the centre of town. The mosque is located on Dong Du, a small street that runs between Hai Ba Trung and Dong Khoi. It is possible to walk past without noticing. Jamia Al Muslimin Mosque was built in the 1930s by South Indian Muslim expatriates, originally meant as a place of worship exclusively from Southern India. These days, Muslims around the globe are allowed to visit to worship and practice their belief. You may also pay a visit if you wish to learn more about Muslim culture as it also features beautiful architecture. Remember to be respectful when you visit as it is intended to be a solemn place for people to worship.

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If you get hungry, you can also find halal food available right outside the mosque. There are also shaded verandah and stone floors, where you can sit, read or hang out with your family.

What people are saying: “This blessed place of worship gives off a peaceful and calming vibe. Love visiting here and would recommend it to anyone. Located next to sheraton hotel.” - shereenkhan25 | trip advisor 

Jamiul Islamiyah

495B Tran Hung Dao, Cau Kho, D1

Jamiul Islamiyah, or sometimes called the Nancy Mosque, is one of the primary mosques in Ho Chi Minh City. It was originally built in 1950 and was reconstructed between1980 and 2003. In 2004, the mosque opened its doors to other Muslim followers.

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After your visit, you can go around the back alleyways for a meal. Here, you will find a halal restaurant called Pho Muslim which makes a perfect rest stop for a day of exploration.

What people are saying: “The architectural shape outside the façade is quite beautiful, looks different from the usual architecture, the roof has a dome structure, the whole building is painted green and looks cool and adds a special feature to the city.” - Minh Tuyền Trần Trương | google.com

Al Rahim Mosque

45 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, D1

Al Rahim was the first mosque in Vietnam. It was built in 1885 and mainly serves Malaysian and Indonesian groups every weekend. Here you will see pristine architecture and all the noticeable Muslim symbols decorated on its walls and all around the mosque. 

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It is located near the center of the city which makes it easy to visit, and if you get hungry after worship, you can also find halal food nearby.

What people are saying: Walking distance to Ben Thanh market. Such a pleasure to get to pray in a mosque amidst the shopping spree - Norrulhuda Taib | google.com

Masjid Niamatul-Islamiyah 

360 Cach Mang Thang Tam, D3

This mosque was built in 1952 and it used to accommodate the Vietnamese and Indian migrants. It also welcomes the Cham and Chinese people. Today, there are over 250 Muslims who visit each Friday to worship and perform their Muslim rituals.

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What people are saying: “A small mosque but the caretaker of the mosque Mr. ABDUL KAREEM is very kind and generous and also his wife Fatima is very loving and caring. Allah bless both of them Ameen” - Shah Jeeh | google.com

Cho Lon Mosque

641 Nguyen Trai Street, D5

Opening Hours: From Monday to Sunday

Cholon Mosque was built in 1932 and was initially exclusive to the Muslim communities from Southern India. In 1975, the mosque opened its doors to Malaysian and Indonesian Muslims who lived nearby.

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If you're visiting to see the Mihrab - the tiled niche in the wall that indicates the direction of prayer towards Mecca - with your own eyes or just to appreciate the architecture, the best time to go is around lunch or dinner time so you can enjoy tasty halal food at the restaurant on the grounds before or after visiting the mosque. 

What people are saying: “Excellent Location! Centrally located in the heart of the city. Really clean and well kept. Makes travelling to the city really worthwhile.” - Yusuff W | trip advisor

Masjid Jamiul Anwar

157 Duong Ba Trac, D8

District 8 is where the majority of the Cham people are located in Ho Chi Minh City. The mosque has a narrow alley and might be crowded especially on Fridays when large numbers of Muslims come to worship to the Pillar of Salat.

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What people are saying: “A nice mosque in a narrow alley. A lot of Muslims in this area, hence you can find many Muslim shops and restaurants.” - Huseyin Kizil | google.com

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