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1.3 Art, History & Culture

Cu Chi Tunnels

The Cu Chi tunnels were used during the war as an extensive network to hide from their enemies. They made the tunnels a bit wider for the tourists to make them feel what it is like to crawl through tunnels and sit in them. Take a guide or go alone. The advantage of a guide is that he can give information.

  • Address: Đường tỉnh lộ 15, Phú Mỹ Hưng, Củ Chi, Hồ Chí Minh
  • Opening hours: 07:00 to 17:00
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Quan Am Pagoda

A very popular pagoda among Vietnamese and Chinese Buddhists. It is dedicated to the Chinese goddess of mercy Guanyin and built in the late 19th century. With many traditional Chinese inscriptions, ceramics and a decorated roof it is a gorgeous colourful pagoda. It is split into two parts by a street running through it what makes the pagoda special. 

  • Address: 12 Lao Tu, Cholon District, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Opening hours: 08:00 to 17:00 
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War Remnants Museum 

This museum represents the effects of the 30 years during the war between Vietnam and America. It shows the evidence of the crime and the consequences of the war, such as photographs, films, artefacts, materials, etc. Outside is a helicopter with rocket launchers, a tank, a one-seater attack plane and a fighter plane based. This museum is a shocking memory of the Vietnam War.

  • Address: 28 Vo Van Tan, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Opening hours: 07:00 to 12:00 and 13:30 to 17:00 
  • Price: 40,000 VND 

Reunification Palace 

Before the palace was a museum, it was the base of the Vietnamese general Ngo Dinh Diem and also the workplace and home of the French governor of Cochin-China. In 1975, a tank of North Vietnam crashed through the gates of the palace to end the war in Vietnam. Nowadays it functions as a museum where you can take a look at the palace. Check the tunnels, war chamber, original maps and other equipment of the war. The palace is renovated a lot, but still unchanged comparing to the original layout.

  • Address: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ben Thanh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Opening hours: 07:30 to 11:30 and 13:00 to 17:00  
  • Price: 30,000 VND

Cao Dai Temple 

The Cao Dai faith is a religion with a bit of Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Christianity and Confucianism. Visit the temple to learn more about Cao Dai and how its followers practice the religion. The temple itself is decorated with dragons and very colorful.

  • Address: Tay Ninh 
  • Opening hours: 06:00 to 17:00 
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Jade Emperor Pagoda 

A 100 year-old pagoda, built in 1909 by a community of Cantonese. It is a very popular pagoda and seen as a paradise including Buddha sculptures, artful carved figures, robed monks and an aromatic incense smoke. Many locals come here to pray and to make offers of flowers. It is very a very living pagoda full of flowers, joss sticks and light candles. 

  • Address: 73 Mai Thi Luu, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City 
  • Opening hours: 08:00 to 17:00 
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Central Post Office

A post office with a stunning architecture. It was built by Alfred Foulhoux during the French colonial and located next to the Notre Dame Cathedral. The grandest post office in Southeast Asia and still functioning these days. Many locals and tourists visit the place every day. 

  • Address: 2 Cong Xa Paris, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh
  • Opening hours: 07:00 to 19:00

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Saigon Opera House 

The building was built in 1898 with the French colonial architecture. It hosts high profile performance art events with opera and classical music. A true cultural masterpiece. The best way to enjoy the Opera House is to join a performance or event. Tickets are available at the venue or at every travel agency. 

  • Address: 7 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh 
  • Opening hours: varies per performance/event
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