The centre of the allied command and the place where the North Vietnamese claimed victory in the American War, Reunification Palace has played its part in many incredible scenes. This ageing palace has essentially been frozen in time since a North Vietnamese Army tank smashed through its gates in 1975.
The Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh is a stunning example of French colonial architecture, perfectly preserved with as much style as when it first opened in 1891. The building still functions as the city’s main post office, and sending a letter or postcard home is highly recommended for a taste of living history.
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, built in the late 1880s by French colonists, is one of the few remaining strongholds of Catholicism in the largely Buddhist Vietnam. Located in Paris Square, the name Notre Dame was given after the installation of the statue ‘Peaceful Notre Dame’ in 1959.
The vibrant and bustling Binh Tay Market, constructed by the French in the 1880s, is located in the centre of Vietnam’s largest Chinatown district and mainly serves the local population
The War Remnants Museum is a sobering and unforgettable museum which details the effects of the 30 year long war between America and Vietnam. There are immaculately preserved tanks, planes and other war memorabilia in the outside grounds, but the more interesting artefacts are found inside.
Here visitors experience what it must have been like for soldiers who used an extensive network of tunnels to move around undetected by their enemies.
Cao Dai Temple is the centre of the Cao Dai faith, a religion that has taken bits of Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism and Confucianism. The temple itself is bursting with colours, with dragons flying up banisters and a cloud mural decorating the ceiling.
Jade Emperor Pagoda is one of the most revered temples in Ho Chi Minh. Originally built in 1909 by Chinese immigrants this Taoist temple now welcomes Buddhist worshipping and is incredibly atmospheric.
Mariamman Hindu Temple is a beautiful example of the bright and vibrant architecture of Hindu places of worship. As the only active Hindu temple in Ho Chi Minh, it acts as a community base for the small community of Hindus living in the city.
Bitexco Tower is an ultra modern office tower in Ho Chi Minh, with a characteristic oval extension which acts as a helicopter landing pad. Standing at 262 metres tall, this 68 storey building is the highest in all of Vietnam with a sky deck offering 360 degree views of the city
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