Ho Chi Minh City is the biggest city in Vietnam. This is a hub of economy and culture which has driven the entire nation onward with its unlimited energy. After over 300 years of enlargement, Ho Chi Minh City has presented so many olden architectural structures, celebrated remnants and prominent sights that draw numerous tourists.
Furthermore, its melodious combination of traditional national values together with unique cultural features are also truly remarkable. Travel to this chaotic yet charming city, there are some places that you cannot miss.
1. War Remnant Museum
This place was once acknowledged as the “Museum of American War crime”. Approaching to the site, guests would get an opportunity to intensely comprehend the brutality of the war and the hurting it left. Being displayed outside are US armored vehicles, weaponry pieces, bombs as well as infantry armaments.
You also can see the notorious French and South Vietnamese prisons and the most iconic artifacts of appliances, the guillotine, and the disreputably ‘tiger cages’ used to house Viet Cong prisoners.
War Remnant Museum brings in a matter-of-fact lesson about the Vietnamese heroic history where tourists should draw closer, perceive and feel.
2. Ho Chi Minh City Notre-Dame
The Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City with its serene and somber atmosphere is an ideal site to run away from the maniacal buzz of noisy transport vehicles.
Being built by the French in 19th century, the Notre Dame Cathedral comes into view strangely with the Gothic and Roman-style structural design.
No matter what your spiritual preference is, you can come here and think of peace, victory, and survival which had been offered inside right through the war-ravaged past in Vietnam.
3. Giac Lam Pagoda
Giac Lam Pagoda is generally known as a significant and momentous pagoda of Ho Chi Minh City. This is also the oldest pagoda in the city featuring with extremely atmospheric peace.
Like other Vietnamese Buddhist temples, you can find here the aspects of both Taoism and Confucianism. The pagoda is a slight pilgrimage sight as it includes a bronze bell that is believed to respond the prayers’ when rung.
It is said that if you write your names and your family members’ names on paper, then stick it into the grand bell, your wishes will be carried into heaven.
4. Cho Lon area
Cho Lon or Big Market is inhabited predominantly by Vietnamese of Chinese origin. There is a large population living in Cholon, where appears to be the most noisiest and vigorous part of Ho Chi Minh City.
Cholon is worth visiting not only for the hustle and bustle activity, but also for the temples and assembly halls found here which are the finest in Ho Chi Minh City. Here you can make a leisurely walk around this long-established Chinese community as well as immerse in the charming culture, building and sights.
5. Saigon Opera House
Saigon Opera House is one of Ho Chi Minh City City's most well-known landmarks. Great photo opportunities wait for travelers who hunt for fine examples of French colonial architecture.
Have a comfortable a seat in the facade and observe the activity of Saigon whiz by. The wide tree-lined boulevard surrounding may help you remind the flashy style of the French Third Republic.
Many architectural and ornamental features have been blended, including a stone veranda, colorful granite tiled floors, bronze statues and so on. Combine your trip to the Opera House with a shopping tour inside the nearby shopping plazas.
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