Traveling to Saigon without visiting the city’s emblematic places such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh Market or the Reunification Palace… your trip is considered incomplete.
1. Notre Dame Cathedral
Not only one of the ancient architectural works, Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral also contains many interesting things to explore.
Located at number 1 of the Place de la Commune in Paris, the church was designed and built entirely by the French. The building was built in a typical Roman style with a length of 91 m, a height of 35 m and a ceiling of 21 m high. The two bell towers are 36.6 m high. In 1895, the architect Gardes built two more bell towers, bringing the height of these two towers to 57.6 m.
Not only is it a beautiful old church, Notre Dame Cathedral is also considered a symbol of the city that any tourist traveling to Saigon must visit.
2. City Center Post Office
Located at 2 Paris Commune Square Street (Ben Nghe District, District 1), the Ho Chi Minh City Post Office is one of the oldest and most typical architectural works in the city. This architectural work of Saigon is located right next to the Notre Dame Cathedral, so you can combine a visit to both works at the same time.
This architectural work in Saigon was built between 1886 and 1891 by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel, but unlike other French architectural works, this place has a harmonious combination of styles between Europe and Asia.
3. Reunification Palace
Anyone coming to Ho Chi Minh City for the first time should definitely visit the Independence Palace (Reunification Palace) once to learn about the heroic history of the nation.
It is a special and long-standing architectural work of Saigon, the seat of government during the war, and once the residence and workplace of the President of the Republic of Vietnam. Today, the Independence Palace has become one of the country’s tourist symbols and is a destination that tourists can hardly miss when traveling to Saigon.
4. War Remnants Museum
The War Remnants Museum was established in September 1975, in a fairly large campus on Vo Van Tan Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City. This place shows evidence of war crimes that occurred in South Vietnam for more than twenty years.
Themes: crimes of massacre of people, fumigation of toxic chemicals, images of imprisonment, brutal torture, destructive war in the North… with artifacts such as tanks, airplanes, guillotine machines, cannons, tiger cages (modeled as cages of tigers in Con Dao). ).
5. Ben Thanh Market
Through many years of historical ups and downs, Ben Thanh Market remains one of the main shopping centers in Ho Chi Minh. Ben Thanh Market is a bustling market day and night, considered a symbol and extremely interesting destination not only for international tourists but also for local people. Walking, shopping and exploring Ben Thanh Market has long become an indispensable part of western travel combined with Saigon tourism.
5. Cu Chi Tunnels
Cu Chi Tunnels are a famous historical resistance relic site located in Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City, about 70 km northwest of the city center. It is an underground defense system built by our army during the Indochina war. The entire Cu Chi tunnel system is up to 250 km long, including many different areas such as: infirmary, living room, kitchen, warehouse, office, etc. In 1968, the Cu Chi tunnels were the starting point for the Southern Liberation Army. attack Saigon.
6. Botanical Garden
Known as one of the ten oldest zoos in the world, after more than 150 years of operation, the Zoo has around 590 individuals of 125 animal species and 1,800 trees of 260 plant species.
This place is popular for picnic activities, learning about animals and plants, and a unique green virtual living environment. Before the announcement of the temporary closure and stopping receiving visitors, the Zoo was a weekend destination for many families and young people in Saigon.
7. Ao Dai Museum
Distance from the city center. About a 30-minute drive from Ho Chi Minh City, Ao Dai Vietnamese Museum is located in the tranquil green space of trees, flowers and plants of Long Thuan Garden House (in Phuoc Long District, District 9).
Upon entering the museum, one feels lost in a dream world with houses steeped in traditional architecture and subtle zen colors. This place is an expansive architectural complex, connected to nature, that evokes many emotions about the nation’s traditional cultural values, of which ao dai is the theme.
Inside the museum, you will learn about the Vietnamese ao dai through many periods. Each T-shirt contains a deep and significant historical story, which will help you learn about the origin and development of Vietnamese national clothing throughout each period.
8. Ba Thien Hau Pagoda
When you go to Cho Lon and ask about Ba Pagoda, no one knows. This is an ancient temple imbued with Chinese culture in Vietnam, built in the 18th century and a trusted spiritual place of the Chinese community in particular and the people of Saigon in general.
Located on Nguyen Trai Road (5th District), Ba Thien Hau Pagoda, also known as Ba Cho Lon Pagoda, is located in the busiest Chinese-Vietnamese area in Saigon. This more than 250-year-old temple still welcomes hundreds of people every day to visit and visit thanks to its rich history, rich cultural architectural heritage and widely transmitted sacredness.