Except some well-known destinations in Vietnam such as Hanoi Capital, Ninh Binh, Hue Ancient Capital, Hoi An, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City is an indispensable destination in your tourism itinerary. The following are top 5 unforgettable destinations in Ho Chi Minh City that you should not ignore.
1. War Remnant Museum
Located at No. 28 Vo Van Tan, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, War Remnant Museum was established after the national unity to maintain the heroic and brave evidences of the Vietnamese nation in the long-term war of the country and accuse the war crimes and reflect the severe effects of the meaningless war.Being a member of the world peace museum system and the world museum council, the War Remnants Museum is a place specializing researching, collecting, displaying and maintaining the historic items and war evidences; concurrently this museum helps the later generations like us get the opportunities to learn more about the history of Vietnam and comprehend the sacrifice of the Vietnamese soldiers, heroes, women, even heroic mothers for the national independence and freedom. The museum currently maintains more than 20.000 important documents, items and true movies about the war. Today, this museum is an attractive cultural destination of Ho Chi Minh City that welcomes many turns of people visiting every day. Coming to Ho Chi Minh City, you do not forget to visit the War Remnants Museum to be reappeared the war period of Vietnam and get more great pride and more admire the Vietnamese people.
2. Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral
With the grandiose architecture, Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral has become the pride of Ho Chi Minh people in particular and Vietnamese people in general. With a length of 93m, width of 35,90m and a height of 57m, the Notre Dame Cathedral is one of both ancient and magnificence monuments that attracts many tourists in this nice city. It is an interesting tourist attraction not only to the domestic people but also to the foreign tourists.Built in 1877 and finished in 1880, this cathedral was designed under the French architectural style and a very special thing is that all the materials to build this cathedral were from France.Recently, Asia One Journal of Singapore has voted Ho Chi Minh City as the most wonderful destination in top 10 destinations that are not far away from Singapore. As a destination mentioned most, the Cathedral is really a not-to-be-missed destination in Ho Chi Minh City.
3. Giac Lam Pagoda
Located at No. 565 Lac Long Quan Street, Ward 10, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Giac Lam Pagoda is the national historical and cultural relic recognized by Ministry of Culture and Information.The emphasis of the pagoda is placed on its unique architecture. Unlike other pagodas, Giac Lam Pagoda is designed under the architectural style of the South Vietnam. There were 38 towers built in the beginning of 19th century with the features in combination between the cultures of ethnic minorities in the South Vietnam including Khmer, Cham and some light resemblances of Western and Eastern architecture. Giac Lam Pagoda now still maintains a great number of precious historical cultural and sculptural documents and items including 118 statues in which 106 wooden statues, 7 copper statues, 5 cement statues, especially in which 113 old statues. On the special occasions such as the beginning of the spring, many both domestic and foreign tourists come here as a pilgrimage to the Buddhist house visiting, sightseeing and burning the incense sticks to pray for the best wishes.
4. Cho Lon Area
Unlike the noise and dense of the high buildings, restaurants, hotels, bars in Ho Chi Minh City, Cho Lon Area is a special difference between this busy city. Coming here, you will feel the old beauty of HoaKieu streets here as if you were in an ancient street of Hoa people in the past.The unique feature of this destination is that you not only visit and go shopping here, but you can also get a chance to understand more about the life of Hoa people’s community here. Reaching to this area, you can visit BinhTay Market, one of the places selling the most strange and special products in Ho Chi Minh City; and enjoy the food here.There are many unique architectural monuments of Hoa people such as Ong Bon Pagoda, ThienHau pagoda, etc. Cho Lon Area is the most beautiful at night when lighting the colorful lanterns hung along the streets. Exploring the night life here is also an interesting experience for your trip to Ho Chi Minh City.
5. Saigon Opera House
Located on Dong Khoi Street of District 1, Saigon Opera House is one of three opera houses built by France at the same time. In spite of being built under the French architectural style, Saigon Opera House is a famous destination with its separate features. Located in the city center, this opera house is regarded as the center holding the important performances of the country and domestic and foreign artistic activities. With the capacity of 1800 seats, Saigon Opera House is equipped with full modern sound and light equipment. All the decorating patterns on the walls, ceilings, doors and the interiors are designed by a famous French painter repainting the patterns of French Opera House at the end of the 19th century. I’m sure that your trip will lack a color if you forget to visit this destination.
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