Vanishing Saigon

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Category: Religious Sites

Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Post Office

8 November, 2010 (09:20) | Historical Sites, Religious Sites | No comments

Two of District 1’s most prominent and beautiful buildings are located right across the street from each other: the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Saigon Post Office. The Cathedral was built by French Catholics, and financed by the French Government in 1876. The architect was chosen through a contest held by the governor of Cochinchina […]

Ngã Sáu Church

22 June, 2010 (12:56) | Religious Sites | No comments

This candy-pink church was inaugurated in May 1928 by Father Huỳnh Tịnh Hướng and dedicated to St. Joan of Arc. A stone representation of the saint herself guards the main entrance to the church. Those neon lights beneath her are illuminated at night. The Gothic-style church was built on a former Chinese graveyard. The church’s […]

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 […]

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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