Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh or Saigon is primarily known for the incidents and events of the twentieth century conquest and war, but the destination also has plenty of attractions related to art, architecture, history and religion. Walking down the city will make you feel as if you have gone back in time. Ho Chi Minh, apart from being culturally rich is also the business capital and biggest city of Vietnam, with a blend of old buildings and modern skyscrapers. People of different cultures, religions and ethnicities reside in the city. Have a look at the top religious attractions in Ho Chi Minh City.

Jade Emperor Pagoda

Jade Emperor Pagoda is one of the most famous and revered places of worship in Ho Chi Minh City. The temple was built by the Chinese immigrants in 1909 as a Taoist Temple. People can also practise the Buddhist faith here. Filled with incense smoke, the temple is marked by a spiritual and peaceful ambiance. The elaborate and finely designed architecture, various statues of Goddesses, Gods, Chinese characters, and intricate carvings offer a timeless and extraordinary ambiance.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Situated beside the CPO or the Central Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most revered relics for Christians. Built during the French colonial times, the church still holds Sunday masses and has been maintained really well. Various materials were used in the construction of the cathedral, including materials that were imported to the city from France. Two spires, about 60 metres tall, lend a distinctive Gallic touch to the architecture. A beautifully crafted statue of “Notre Dame” or the Virgin Mary stands at the façade of the cathedral.

Mariamman Hindu Temple

The Mariamman Hindu Temple is an excellent example of the vibrant and colourful architecture of the Hindu temples. Being the only Hindu temple in the city, it is considered to be the community base and chief religious site for the small Hindu community that resides in Ho Chi Minh. The temple remains open every day from 7 AM to 7 PM and welcomes people from all religions. Remember to dress modestly and take your shoes off before entering the inner temple.

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