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Ho Chi Minh City is a history and culture buffs’ delight

By Carlton Leisure - 31/07/2014


Ho Chi Minh City may be a city which is ceaselessly evolving but locals don’t take pain to pronounce this four lettered word instead they call it Saigon. The city can be credited for fuelling Vietnam’s economy. Despite being the most affluent city in the country, Ho Chi Minh City has not forgotten the country struggle for independence which it remembers through Reunification Palace and museums that makes HCMC a city worth exploring. Being more than a home to several tourist attractions, the city remains abuzz with commerce and cultural activities round the year. And perhaps it is why flights bound to Ho Chi Minh City have travellers with varying interest. Here we suggest what this city holds for travellers.

Independence Palace

Independence Palace also referred as the Reunification Palace, is one of the most visited landmarks in HCMC. This five floored building has been restored to its glory keeping some original features intact. Flanked by Royal Palm trees the palace is one of most interesting sites in HCMC. The building is associated to the fall of Saigon to the north.

War Remnants Museum

War Remnants Museum is another attraction a tourist with interest in war history must pay a visit. The museum showcases various remains of war that include U.S. military tanks, jets, helicopters, howitzers. A visit to this museum could be a disturbing experience as there are halls full of gruesome photographs. The museum is situated at a short walk from Reunification Palaces so you can club both the trips together.

History Museum

Saigon may have made significant economic developments but also put attention to things of historical and cultural importance. Built in 1929 History Museum is one such destination where you can see evolutionary phase of this country. Built by the Société des Études Indochinoises, this notable Sino-French museum has a vast collection of artefacts that reflects the evolution of the cultures of Vietnam.

Jade Emperor Pagoda

This one of the most beautiful temples in HCMC was built in 1909 and devoted to the supreme Taoist god (the Jade Emperor or King of Heaven, Ngoc Hoang). The pagoda features statues of phantasmal divinities and grotesque heroes. During your visit to this most spectacular pagoda you will see stunning woodcarvings.

Fine Arts Museum

Are you someone who nurture love for fine arts the Ho Chi Minh City could be great destination for you as it is home to fine arts museum. The museum exhibits historical pieces dating back to the 4th century. Funan-era sculptures of Vishnu, the Buddha and Cham art, dating back to the 7th to the 14th century are popular attractions.

Being home to a multicultural population also adds to its appeal as a great tourist destination. The food is one of a kind and accommodation options are vast in numbers. In short, Saigon has all the prerequisites of a great destination in Vietnam.