Religious Sites Walking Tour, Saigon/HoChiMinh City

Religious Sites Walking Tour, Saigon/HoChiMinh City
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Saigon/HoChiMinh City Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Saigon/HoChiMinh City Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) is home to a mix of gorgeous Buddhist temples and Catholic churches. All of the religious sites in the city display amazing architecture and have great histories. The next tour highlights some of the most-visited religious sites of Ho Chi Minh City.

Religious Sites Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Religious Sites Walking Tour
Guide Location: Vietnam » Saigon/HoChiMinh City (See other walking tours in Saigon/HoChiMinh City)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 km
Author: vickyc
Emperor Jade Pagoda

1) Emperor Jade Pagoda (must see)

The Emperor Jade Pagoda is located north of the intersection of Mai Thi Luu Street and Dien Bien Phu Street in Ho Chi Minh City. It is also called the Tortoise Pagoda.

The Emperor Jade Pagoda is an ancient temple built by the Cantonese Chinese community of the city. A statue of the Taoist God of the heavens made of jade is the main object of worship. It was built in the year 1909.

Visitors enter the temple from a crowded street filled with shops and houses through a traditional Chinese...   view more
Tan Dinh Church

2) Tan Dinh Church

The Tan Dinh Church was built by French colonists in the late 19th century. The parish church is the second largest next to the Notre Dame Basilica in Ho Chi Minh City.

Construction of the building began in 1870 and The Tan Dinh Church was completed and opened to the public in 1876. The structure was enlarged in 1896 and later in 1926. Two large bell towers housing 6 bells were built near its gate. A wealthy family gifted three altars made of Italian marble in 1929. The church building...   view more
Vinh Nghiem Pagoda

3) Vinh Nghiem Pagoda

The Vinh Nghiem Pagoda is one of the largest pagodas in Vietnam. It was built in traditional Vietnamese style but unlike other pagodas in the country, it was the first to be built with concrete rather than wood.

The Vinh Nghiem Pagoda stands on the site of a wooden Ly Dynasty pagoda that dates back to 1225. Two monks from North Vietnam, Thich Tam Giac and Thich Thanh Kiem, worked to rebuild the old pagoda in concrete ensuring durability. The design was by eminent architect, Nguyen Ba Lang...   view more
Ky dong Church

4) Ky dong Church

The general population of Vietnam is Buddhist, but due to French influence, there are a few Catholic churches around Saigon. Ky dong is a beautiful Catholic church that offers Catholic Vietnamese a fabulous place to worship. The architecture of the church is definitely worth seeing. The statue of St Mary prominently stands outside, where people bring flowers and gather to...   view more
Xa Loi Pagoda

5) Xa Loi Pagoda (must see)

The Xa Loi Pagoda is the largest pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City. The headquarters of the Vietnamese Buddhist Association was located here until 1983 and it later served as its second main office until 1993.

The Xa loi Pagoda was designed by architects Tran Van Duong and Do Bá Vinh to enshrine the relics of Gautama Buddha. Construction began in the year 1954 and it was consecrated in 1958. It became the scene of raids and vandalism by armed forces loyal to the Roman Catholic president of South...   view more
Notre Dame Basilica de Saigon

6) Notre Dame Basilica de Saigon (must see)

This Roman Catholic cathedral constructed by the French colonists is the seat of the Archbishop of Saigon. The red building with two pointed bell towers is a distinctive landmark of Ho Chi Minh City.

The French Bishop Isidore de Colombert laid the foundation stone of the Saigon Notre Dame Basilica in 1877. The building was designed in France and built under the supervision of a well known French engineer named Bourad. It was consecrated on Easter Day, 1880 in the presence of the then...   view more


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