Vanishing Saigon

Sights, stories and secrets from Vietnam’s most dynamic city

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Month: May, 2010

‘Cholon Best Food Town’

27 May, 2010 (10:24) | Food and Drink, On the Street | No comments

While it is neither a ‘town’ nor the ‘best’ food in Cholon, this strip of eateries (an estimated 40 booths in all!) is a charming stop for a cheap breakfast or lunch, but is a hive of activity at night. Serving a variety of dishes, nothing here will set you back more than a few […]

Cholon Mosque

25 May, 2010 (10:00) | Religious Sites | No comments

Long before the ethnic Viet populated the area we now know as Vietnam, the Kingdom of Champa covered much of the central and south coast. The Cham culture was significantly influenced by India, but adopted Islam as the predominant religion. Records show that the Cham were familiar with Islam as early as the 10th century […]

Tò He

24 May, 2010 (11:10) | On the Street | No comments

Increasingly less common these days than in previous years, tò he artists can still be found every so often on the streets of Saigon. Tò he is a kind of toy, made out of sticky rice flour and vibrant dye. The dough is shaped into tiny figures of dragons, roses, animals, people or even cartoon […]

Cao Dai Temple

21 May, 2010 (12:57) | Religious Sites | No comments

A popular stop for visitors in Vietnam is the Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh- usually a package tour day trip combined with the Cu Chi Tunnels. It’s a well-worn trip. What few people realize, and what very few people get to see, is that there is a Cao Dai Temple in Saigon that happens […]

Tam Son Temple

17 May, 2010 (10:42) | On the Street, Religious Sites | No comments

This small temple was established in 1839 by the Fujian Congregation in Cholon. One distinction of the temple is the dominant presence of local woman here. This is because the temple is dedicated to Trú Sanh, the goddess of fertility, leading many childless families to come here to seek the help of the goddess in […]

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