Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is the business and financial hub of Vietnam, with a prominent history going back hundreds of years. The Khmers originally settled the region, with the Vietnamese taking over in the 17th century. Today, Ho Chi Minh City is a popular tourist destination due to its fascinating culture, classic French architecture, and sleek skyscrapers as well as ornate temples and pagodas. Among those, the Notre-Dame Basilica Cathedral is one of the main attractions of Ho Chi Minh City. It has a rich history and is yet to be surpassed as one of the best sites of the present in Vietnam!
Notre-Dame Basilica Cathedral
This was created for the French inhabitants so that they could offer their religious services after occupying Vietnam in the great war of French verses Vietnamese.
A Buddha pagoda was first appointed as an architecture for church but later on was rejected because of less space for the construction a church.
Hence later on, the center of Ho Chi Minh City was declared as the area for the Notre Dame Church.
French Styled Construction
Hence the basilica was constructed using materials imported from France itself. The structure is made as such to resemble the great Notre-Dame church of France. As one of the oldest and rich architectural destination, this place is very popular and must see for every traveler visiting Ho Chi Minh.
2. Easy Transportation
Yes, the transportation service to Notre-Dame can be obtained without any conflict. All the local taxis and rickshaws or bikes can easily take you there or even if you opt for Grab (alternative for Uber), they can easily take you there as well without much of a hassle. Question is why? Because as one of the most important reflection of history, it is a must for every single local to be aware of its whereabouts.
3. Tour of the Notre-Dame Church
The church is incredibly captivating with its modern as well as classic architecture. It contains amazing two bell towers which comprises of total of six bells making it one of the building with a lot of bells!
The church entrance is for free and visitors can attend the weekend masses. Daily masses take place as well but there might be some condition for visitors to attend them however the weekend one remains hassle free. The church remains open from 5am to 5pm. That gives you a lot of time to travel and explore the church completely.
4. Book Shops or Book Street
Your tour needn’t stop there, a little away from the church is a street dedicated to books. If you’re a book lover then this place shall be your safe haven!
The street is home to many beautiful souvenirs and gifts all displaying parts of the history and acting as a perfect guide to those in search of hidden knowledge.
A few steps away from the church comes the great museum which also displays the Vietnam culture and all its great wars. You can see many of the weapons used in the war as well as the bombs. The museum like the church, showcases the importance of Vietnam so visiting one and leaving other is like reading just half of the book.
Close to the church is a place where some old ancient people reside. They are the storytellers and have amazing tales for you to explore. Listening to them is mandatory because it provides a perfect stop to the tour of Notre-Dame. Hence make sure you do listen and let us know about your experience!
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