Western Walking Tour, Saigon/HoChiMinh City

Western 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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Western Ho Chi Minh City is largely influenced by Chinatown. There are many Chinese temples, or pagodas, and the main market in this area of Ho Chi Minh sells many Chinese items, including food. This self-guided tour will lead you through the districts of Western Ho Chi Minh City, showing you its most popular attractions:

Western Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Western 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: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Author: vickyc
Thien Hau Temple

1) Thien Hau Temple (must see)

Located in the Cho Lon or Chinatown area of Ho Chi Minh City, this temple is dedicated to Thien Hau, the Goddess of the Sea. Members of the Chinese community and the Vietnamese come here to pray for happiness and prosperity.

Thien Hau or Mazu, the Goddess of the Sea is worshipped by the seafaring communities of Southern China and by Chinese communities around the world who depend on the sea for their livelihood. She is not a Taoist or a Buddhist Deity but has been assimilated by both...   view more
Quan Am Temple

2) Quan Am Temple

The Quan Am Temple is located in the predominantly Chinese, Cho Lon area of Ho Chi Minh City. It is dedicated to Quan Am the Chinese Goddess of mercy.

Chinese traders and Vietnamese merchants raised funds and constructed the Quan Am Temple in 1816. It was expanded by funds raised by a congregation from the Chinese Fujian province. From the date of construction, it has remained one of the most frequented temples by Chinese and Vietnamese worshippers and contains both Taoist and Buddhist...   view more
Cha Tam Church

3) Cha Tam Church (must see)

The Cha Tam Church is a Roman Catholic parish Church in Ho Chi Minh City. It has a distinctive colonial façade and is painted in pastel yellow and white.

The Cha Tam Church was founded due to the efforts of a Chinese Catholic Priest, Francis Xavier Tam Assou in 1900. On December the 3rd 1900 which coincided with the feast of St. Francis Xavier, Bishop Bossard laid the foundation stone of the church. It was consecrated in 1902 and Francis Xavier Tam Assou was its first priest. It was here...   view more
Binh Tay Market

4) Binh Tay Market

The Binh Tay Market located in the Cho Lon area of Ho Ch Minh City draws tourists looking for bargains. It is also famous because of its unique Chinese architecture. It is a large wholesale market with a green central courtyard.

The Binh Tay market was funded by a wealthy Chinese trader, Quach Dam who came from Chiu Chow in China and made his fortune in Saigon. His trade name was Thong Heip and was nicknamed handicapped Thong by the local Chinese. He came to the city as a poor man who...   view more
Phung Son Pagoda

5) Phung Son Pagoda (must see)

The Phung Son Pagoda also called the Go Pagoda is located in District 11, Ho Chi Minh City. It has been declared a national Historical and Cultural Vestige by the Government.

The Phung Son Pagoda was built by a Bonze or monk named Lieu Thong between 1802 and 1820. Archeological excavations have revealed that there were structures from the Funan civilization at the site before the construction of the temple. According to legend, it was at one time decided to move the location of the temple....   view more
Giac Vien Pagoda and Tower Tomb

6) Giac Vien Pagoda and Tower Tomb

The Giac Vien Pagoda is located within a recreation Park called the Dam Sen Park. The nearby Tower tomb is famous for its unique architecture. It is the finest example of pagodas designed during the Nguyen Dynasty.

The Giac Vien Pagoda was built by a Buddhist monk in 1789 as a small pavilion for his daily prayers. In 1850, during the reign of King Du Tuc, it was rebuilt and called the Giac Vien Pagoda. The builders of the modern tourist park, the Dam Sen or Lotus Pond Park, recognized the...   view more
Dam Sen Water Park

7) Dam Sen Water Park (must see)

The Dam Sen Water Park is a popular recreational area within Ho Chi Minh City. It offers a range of enjoyable activities for visitors of all ages.

The Dam Sen Water Park was opened in 1999. It covers an area of more than 50 hectares, located between Lac Long Quan and Hoa Binh Street. Since its inauguration the park has been a popular venue where local families come with their children, especially on weekends.

The Dam Sen Water Park offers many activities for adults and children. There...   view more


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