Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as it used to be known, is the largest city in Vietnam and the country’s economic hub. One of southeast Asia’s most vibrant cities, it offers a a range of experiences that is hard to match. From fine dining, and nightlife, to history and a rich cultural heritage, there is something about this place that gets under your skin. From the ultra-modern down-town are to the colour and vibrancy of the Cholon district, there is really something for everyone in this amazing place.
Father Tam Church
Cantonese, Dim Sum
Father Tam Church, also known as the Francis Xavier Church, in Cholon is decorated with horizontal lacquered boards and scriptures carved into altar pillars, similar to Chinese temples. On 3rd December 1900, at the Feast of St. Francis Xavier, Bishop Mossard of Saigon placed the first stone for the church to be built for the Chinese in Saigon. The church was completed in January 1902. Upon his death in 1934, Father Tam was buried at the entrance of the church. Therefore, the church is often called Cha Tam (Father Tam) Church.
Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda
Built by the Chaozhou Chinese population, this pagoda is hidden behind a towering gate. The pagoda is noteworthy for its gilded woodwork: a carved wooden boat hangs over the entrance and to the left is a large representation of Quan Cong’s horse and groom. At the ornate altar is an image of Quan Cong, to whom the temple is dedicated
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Invisible App Zone