Updated: Nov 6, 2019
Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon and long considered as the Pearl of the Far East, is the most dizzying city of commerce and culture in Vietnam. A visit to Saigon is like an encounter with exotic delicious food, French colonial architecture and memories of Vietnam War. Below are top reasons that you should choose Ho Chi Minh as your first destination when traveling to Vietnam!
Nguyen Hue Flower Street
For most travelers in Ho Chi Minh City, the Nguyen Hue Flower Street is always a must-visit place during the phototour, where they can take a pleasant stroll in their best outfits and among families and friends, as well as reading and buying the most interesting books.
Notre Dame Cathedral
The iconic Notre Dame Cathedral of Ho Chi Minh City Archdiocese in southern Vietnam is undergoing extensive restoration that will take an estimated three years.
The church was installed as Immaculate Conception Cathedral Basilica in 1959. It is one of the top 10 most popular destinations of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon.
HCM City Opera House
The Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City, also known as HCM City Opera House is an example of French architecture in Vietnam. Built in 1897 by French architect Eugène Ferret as the Opėra de Saigon, the 800 seat building was used as the home of the Lower House assembly of the South Vietnam regime after 1956. It was not until 1975 that it was again used as a theatre, and restored in 1995.
Saigon Central Post Office
Saigon Central Post Office was designed and constructed by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel (yes of Eiffel tower and Statue of Liberty fame) construction of this great Gothic architectural styled building began in 1886 and was completed in 1891.
Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee Building
The Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee Building was first known as the Hotel de Ville when it was completed in 1908. Its French builders drew inspiration from town halls in Europe. The building was known as the City Hall of Saigon before 1975.
The building is closed to the public, as it is an official Vietnamese government building. Its beautiful French Colonial architecture and sunny cream-and-yellow hue, along with its iconic statue of President Ho Chi Minh, make it a tourist favorite and a symbol of Saigon.
The building stands at one end of Nguyen Hue Boulevard on The Le Thanh Ton Street, a brisk walk away from Dong Khoi Street.
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