Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam



Religious Sites

Saigon Central Mosque
66 Dong Du
One of 12 mosques serving Ho Chi Minh City, the Central Mosque was built in 1935. It was originally constructed for Muslim worshipers from southern India residing in Saigon, but now Muslims from as far as Pakistan and Indonesia come here to pray with Friday noon prayers drawing the biggest crowds. The shaded verandah and cool stone floors make it an ideal place to sit, read or even nap in the heat of the day. As with most mosques, remember to take your shoes off before entering and dress conservatively if you wish to enter.
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Cholon Mosque
641 Nguyen Trai Street.
The mosque is located in the city's Chinatown district of Cholon. The Cholon mosque was built by Tamil Muslims in 1935 but today frequented mainly by Vietnamese Muslims as well as the Malaysian and Indonesian communities residing in Ho Chi Minh City. The mosque is unassuming in design compared to the Chinese and Vietnamese temples in Cholon. There is a nice and reasonably priced Muslim (halal) restaurant that opens for lunch and dinner - the food here is said to be tasty.

Notre Dame Cathedral (Nha tho Duc Ba)
Han Thuyen Street, facing down Dong Khoi (next to the Post Office). Open: Closes for lunch and on weekends. Admission: Free.
A French-built Catholic cathedral constructed in 1880 and located in the city centre. The cathedral features two bell towers reaching a height of 58 metres (190 feet). All the building materials including the red bricks used for walls were imported from France. Each bell tower comprises of six bronze bells totalling nearly 30 tons. In front of the cathedral is a flower garden and a statue of the Virgin Mary.

Notre Dame Cathedral by Ottre

Thien Hau Pagoda
710 Nguyen Trai St, Cholon. Admission: Free.
A Chinese temple dedicated to Lady Thien Hau, a sea goddess who left two giant turtles to keep an eye on things in her absence. A festival is held in her honor on the 23rd day of the March lunar month. Don't miss the gorgeous sculptures on the walls of the courtyard outside the temple builing. Enter the temple through an iron gate and crossing a small courtyard. At the end of the courtyard is an alter devoted to Thien Hau.

Quan Am Pagoda
12 Lao Tu, Cholon (close to the Thien Hau Pagoda). Open: From 8:00 a.m. to 4:3 p.m. Admission: Free.
A Chinese-style Buddhist temple and the oldest pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City. Founded in the 19th century, the pagoda is frequented by the local Vietnamese and the city's Chinese community. Entrance is through a small red gatehouse and the pagoda complex comprises of a narrow frontal courtyard, antechamber and alter devoted to the Jade Emperor.

Quan Am Pagoda by Lerdsuwa

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