Where should travelers go sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh City?

Ho Chi Minh City (ever called Saigon) is the biggest center of economy, politics and culture in the South of Vietnam. Besides, it is also known as a famous tourism center with numerous interesting destinations. Dubbed “Pearl of the Far East”, this city attracts millions of visitors each year with many historical, cultural sites as well as gorgeous landscapes. If you haven’t set foot on here yet, do read this article to know where you ought to visit in Ho Chi Minh City.

1. Saigon Central Post Office

Saigon Central Post Office is one of the typical architectural structures of Ho Chi Minh City, located in the central area of 1st District.

Where should travelers go sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh City?
Saigon Central Post Office - one of the typical architectural structures of Ho Chi Minh City
This is the building which was constructed by French from 1886 to 1891 based on the design of the architect Villedieu. The structure is the combination of Western style and Eastern decoration.

Most of the tourists coming to Ho Chi Minh City can’t miss this special post office. They arrive to admire the unique architecture of this building or relax in the vast space after having a tour around the city.

2. Saigon Notre-dame Basilica

Experiencing over 100 years and going through 3 centuries, Saigon Notre-dame Basilica has been still magnificent and grave. It is regarded as a masterpiece of Saigon urban architecture. This is a unique Catholic cathedral with the largest scale in Vietnam.

Where should travelers go sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh City?
Saigon Notre-dame Basilica - a masterpiece of Saigon urban architecture
Situated in the main street of the city, Saigon Notre-dame Basilica gradually becomes the symbol of Ho Chi Minh City. It is prominent with the Western architecture blending with Roman and Gothic style. This is the most beautiful and important church of Ho Chi Minh City, being the pride of inhabitants. Surrounding landscapes are also highly appreciated with beauty and spaciousness.

3. Ben Thanh Market

This is the oldest and most modern market of Ho Chi Minh City. With the ancient architecture, Ben Thanh Market has been a favorite destination of both locals and tourists.

Where should travelers go sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh City?
Ben Thanh Market - The witness of history in Ho Chi Minh City
If you would like to feel the lifestyle of Saigon people, come to Ben Thanh Market. It is not simply a place to buy and sell goods of this city and nearby areas. It has witnessed a lot of vicissitudes and changes of the city named after Uncle Ho over the last 100 years. There is likelihood that this place is the convergence of the beauty belonging to the eventful past and the magnificence of the city nowadays.

It is rare for travelers to find out a unique market like Ben Thanh in other places of the country. It draws tourists of many nationalities and skin colors. Through the gate, you will see a totally different world: noisy and bustling.

4. The Opera House

The Opera House is built in the style of Gothic architecture (popular in France in the early 19th century). The outstanding feature is the combination between architecture and sculpture. Bas-reliefs and decorative patterns which are finely carved can be found both inside and outside this building.

Where should travelers go sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh City?
The Opera House with unique architectural features
Having changed over time, the Opera House still maintains French architectural features. It is called “the French architecture midst Ho Chi Minh City”. Along with these above sites, it creates the beautiful image of Ho Chi Minh City in the heart of visitors.

5. Independence Palace (Reunification Palace)

After April 30th, 1975 (the Southern Liberation Day), Independence Palace becomes one of the most famous historical sites of Ho Chi Minh City in particular and of the country in general. The image of the flying flag on the roof of the palace has been symbolic of the victory of Vietnam in fighting against invaders.

Independence Palace - a special historical museum of Ho Chi Minh City
This palace is designed by the architect Ngo Viet Thu – the first Vietnamese winning the international award of architecture. That explains why it is both classic and modern in the design.

In terms of the number of visitors, Independence Palace is not inferior to other historical museums in Ho Chi Minh City. That’s enough for you to understand its importance and values in people’ eyes.

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