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Explore Ho Chi Minh City's beautiful religious architecture

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Religion plays a vital role in any culture, therefore, by understanding the religion of a community or a country, you can tell many things about it's culture. Ho Chi Minh City is primarily Buddhist - Vietnam's official religion, but is home to people of many faiths from Christianity, to Islam. Each religion follows different rituals and beliefs, which ultimately add to the diversity and culture of the Saigonese. Spend a morning with a local insider as they show you the beautiful architecture of these religious constructions, all the while learning more about Vietnamese culture. All the venues included in this experiences are favourite spots among locals and tourist attractions like Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica will stay nowhere in our itinerary!

Here are a few of the most popular destinations that we recommend you include in your itinerary if you aren't sure where to start.

JAMIA AL-MUSULMAN

The biggest Muslim mosque in Ho Chi Minh city to date, stands next to Caravelle hotel right in the city center. Built in 1935, this mosque is also one of the first established in Vietnam. The mosque was built from the donations of Indian community who lived in Ho Chi Minh city to serve their spiritual needs. Every piece of it's architectural details are delicately crafted to represent Muslims spirit while the worship area is large enough to contain hundreds of people at once.

NGOC HOANG PAGODA (JADE EMPEROR PAGODA)

Though renamed to Phuoc Hai temple since 1984, local people still call it Ngoc Hoang temple instead of its official name. Ngoc Hoang temple has existed over a century and is recognized as national heritage. The main house worships Ngoc Hoang (the highest god in Chinese myth) and follows the traditional Chinese architecture style. The temples also have statues made from paper used for the recreation of the meeting between Ngoc Hoang and other Gods. It was visited by former President Barrack Obama when he traveled to Vietnam in 2016.

TAN DINH CHURCH

not as famous as Notre Dame Cathedral, Tan Dinh church is popular for its remarkable design. The overall architecture is the blend of Gothic and Roman style, while the decoration reflects Baroque's age. The whole building is painted pink, with white details, which creates an epic view against the blue sky. On the top of the church is 3m height cross. The church has 5 bells, weight 5.5 tons in total. Located on one of the highest traffic streets of the city, Tan Dinh church is always an eye-catching spot to whoever crossing by.

VINH NGHIEM TEMPLE

A huge and famous temple of Ho Chi Minh city, located on Nguyen Van Troi street, where the last fight of Nguyen Van Troi (a war time soldier) happened back in 1964. Apart from that, Vinh Nghiem temple is recognized as with the highest stone tower (built in 2013) in Vietnam to date, which is comprised of 7 levels,and is 14m in height. The tower is designed with a dedicated pattern, which reflects the architecture of Ly - Tran dynasty (which existed in 1000s - 1400s).

XA LOI TEMPLE

Known for its beautiful view and design, Xa Loi temple was also associated with historical events regarding the campaigns against Ngo Dinh Diem regime of Buddhism followers. It's also the very first temple built in the new structure, with one area for worshipping, one area for teaching and training. Xa Loi temple has the highest bell tower which built in 1961, and is made of 7 levels standing 32m in height.

Sample Itinerary

Below is a sample itinerary that we have created for you to reference for a few ideas when creating your own. Creating your own itinerary really depends on your preferences and the local insiders’ recommendations, meaning you can personalise the trip 100%.

A 4 hour temple and cathedrals experience in the morning

  • Meet up with you local insider.
  • Have a traditional Vietnamese food for breakfast, choices could be Saigonese bread, pho, rolled rice cakes... you name it
  • Visit Jamia Al-Musulman Cathedral
  • Visit Ngoc Hoang pagoda (aka Jade Emperor pagoda)
  • Visit Tan Dinh church in District 3
  • Take a short break at any coffee shop.
  • Visit Vinh Nghiem and Xa Loi temple
  • Option to have lunch with your local insider and say good bye

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Special Note

  • Transportation are best arranged based on group size. If you travel in a bigger group, let your local insider know for better arrangements.
  • Wear outfits that cover your knees and shoulders when visiting these places.
  • Remember to take off your footwear when you enter these places of worshipping.
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