Vanishing Saigon

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

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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 […]

Thien Hau Pagoda

14 May, 2010 (16:01) | Historical Sites, Religious Sites | No comments

This large and bustling pagoda, filled with both worshipers and travelers, is dedicated to Thien Hau. While this goddess represents the virtues of filial piety and altruism, her most memorable attribute is her ability to ride the clouds over oceans. This particular gift allows her to rescue sailors in danger, and has given her a […]