Around Asia: Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh, formerly known as Saigon, is the largest city of Vietnam. It was renamed after the country’s revolutionary leader and prime minister in 1976. It was once dubbed as the capital city of South Vietnam.

The city represents the modern features of Vietnam. Most of the tourists flock here to capture and experience the old and contemporary highlights of the county. The city is dotted with centuries-old pagodas, towering skyscrapers, shopping malls, tea & coffee shops, and entertainment hubs. It exhibits a fusion of French, American, and Chinese influences, endowing it with great architectural wonders and attractions.

Ho Chi Minh City is an idyllic destination for different kinds of travelers. Exploring the city can be done by foot, motor, or vehicle transportation. Attractions vary from historical to cultural treasures of the city to modern and urbanized leisure spots. Some of the must see places in the city include: War Remnants Museum, Thien Hau Temple, and Cholon. All of these places symbolize the diversity of the city.

War Remnants Museum

The War Remnants Museum is one of the most popular destinations in the city. This museum houses the story behind the historic Vietnam War

Every visitor will be taken back to the past and have a glimpse of what had happened during the war. Built in 1975, this museum is of the city’s symbols and representations of its past.

Thien Hau Temple
The Thien Hau Temple is a Chinese-style temple built by the Chinese community in 1760. This centuries-old temple is located in the Chinatown district of Ho Chi Minh City. The temple is named after Thien Hau, known as the country’s Lady of the Sea. The temple’s exterior comprises of porcelain figurines, Chinese lanterns and wooden carvings.

Inside the temple is a magnificent roof decorated by Chinese-inspired porcelain dioramas. The altar is dominated by an image and figure of Thien Hau.

Cholon (Chinatown)

Cholon is the largest Chinatown market in Ho Chi Minh City. It has become one of the most significant landmarks of the city, showcasing its notable history that started centuries ago.  Binh Tay, which is the central market in Cholon, offers an assortment of Vietnamese and Chinese products such as food, souvenirs, clothing, and daily necessities. Most of the tourists that visit the city find time to visit this place despite the busy surroundings of the place.

Ho Chi Minh City is a year-round destination. Take time to explore the astonishing wonders of this city that overflows with life, culture, and contrast.

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