Vanishing Saigon

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

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Cultural and historical immersion in Saigon: Visit Cholon

29 August, 2011 (10:07) | Historical Sites | No comments

Whenever going on a tour in a foreign country, most of the time the local Chinatown is listed in the itinerary. Chinatowns can be found in almost every major city in the world, but each has its own unique identity. One of the most interesting and distinctive of which is Cholon—the Chinese district in Ho […]

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 […]

Father Tam Church

14 May, 2010 (10:55) | Historical Sites, Religious Sites | No comments

The cheery yellow paint and calm grounds of Father Tam Church give it an easy-going atmosphere, which is ironic for it was also the site of one of the most significant political captures in the history of Vietnam. But first, the church itself… In 1898 the Chinese priest Father Francis Xavier Tam Assou was sent […]