Historical & Landmarks in Ho Chi Minh City

Discover the rich history of the edifice that once served as the administrative center of the French colonial government in Cochinchina in our exhibition titled ‘From Norodom Palace to Independence Palace 1868-1966.’ Renamed Independence Palace in 1954, this historic building bore witness to pivotal moments in the ascent and descent of the Ngo Dinh Diem government, the founding figure of the Republic of Vietnam.


Address: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Contact: 080.85037 – 028.38223652

Operating Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (Ticket office closes at 3:30 PM)

Admission Fee for Exhibition Room and Palace: 65,000 VND/adult & 15,000 VND/child (under 16 years old)

Admission Fee for Palace: 40,000 VND/adult & 10,000 VND/child (under 16 years old)

Audio Commentary (Available in 11 languages): 90,000 VND

Tour Guide Service: 350,000 VND per group (up to 25 persons)”

Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, officially Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception is a cathedral located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Established by French colonists who initially named it the Church of Saigon, the cathedral was constructed between 1863 and 1880.


Add: 01 Paris Commune, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Entrance: Free
Hours: 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Gracing the intersection of Ð Dong Khoi and ÐL Le Loi, this grand colonial edifice with a sweeping staircase was built in 1897 and is one of the city’s most recognisable buildings. Officially known as the Municipal Theatre, the Opera House captures the flamboyance of France’s belle époque. Performances range from ballet and opera to modern dance and musicals. Check the website for English-language listings and booking information.


Address: Lam Son Square, District 1
Phone: 028-3823 7419
Hours: Depending on the events

Also known as the Tortoise Pagoda, this figurine-filled place of worship is considered by many to be Saigon’s finest. Built in 1909 in honour of the supreme Taoist god (the Jade Emperor or King of Heaven, Ngoc Hoang), this is one of the most atmospheric temples in Ho Chi Minh City, stuffed with statues of phantasmal divinities and grotesque heroes.

Add: 73 Ð Mai Thi Luu
Hours: 7am-6pm daily
No entrance fee, you can donate

Designed by renowned French architect, Gustave Eiffel, the post office was built between 1886 and 1891. The post office is located beside the Notre Dame Cathedral. In terms of harmony in the city’s architectural ensemble, this is a unique highlight of the city. Generally filled with tourists, it’s easy to forget that it is still a working post office.

Location: 2 Cong Xa Paris, District 1

Hours: 07:00 – 19:00 (Monday to Friday)
07:00 – 18:00 (Saturday); 08:00 – 18:00 (Sunday)

Tan Dinh Church or the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the top place visited by tourists and photography and check-in lovers when they arrive in the city. The church is a blend of Gothic and Roman architectural styles, adding a bit of Baroque in the decorative lines. From a distance, the church appears like a fairy castle covered in brilliant pink that stands out against the blue sky in the middle of the bustling city.

Address: 289 Hai Ba Trung Street, District 3, HCMC

Tuesday to Saturday: 6:30 – 11:30 and 14:30 – 18:30.
Sunday: 6:30 – 10:30 and 16:30 – 20:30.

Giac Lam Pagoda, also known as Son Can and Cam Dem, is the oldest temple in the city. The temple was built by Mr. Ly Thuy Long, a Chinese native of Minh Huong, in 1744 and has undergone many restorations to date. Stepping into the landscape of Giac Lam pagoda campus, you will have the opportunity to admire with your own eyes the image of an ancient temple typical of the Southern region. The architecture of trusses, columns, walls and decorative art and the system of antiquities outside and inside the temple are mainly made of many precious woods with simple and rustic brown color.

Add: 565 Lac Long Quan Street, Tan Binh District, HCMC

Hours : 7:00 – 12:00 & 13:30 – 21:00.

No entrance fee, you can donate

A very interesting temple built, around 1760, by the first Cantonese settlers in “Cho Lon”, the actual District 5 (“Chinatown”) of Ho Chi Minh City. It has been dedicated to “Mazu”, the powerful Chinese “Goddess of the Sea” and mixes traditions and beliefs from both Taoism and Buddhism. Along the centuries, “Ba Thien Hau Temple” has been continously restored and is perfectly kept. Check its interior, with statues, sculptures and innumerous artworks with, naturally, strong Chinese influences.

Add: 710 Nguyen Trai, District 5, HCMC
Hours: 6:00 – 11:30 & 13:00 – 16:30


Landmark 81 SkyView occupies 3 highest floors (79 – 80 – 81) of Landmark 81 building, Vinhomes’ Central Park residential complex. The tower is proudly the tallest building in South East Asia as recorded in 2019. It has become the symbol of Vietnamese aspiration, the milestone of a new era when Vietnamese dare to dream, dare to reach for the sky and aspire to global achievements.


Hours : 10Am-10PM, last booking 9PM

Standard ticket: 300K, children: 150K

Combo ticket: 480K (Child 290K)  wekkend 540K (child 295K)

Combo ticket include: 1 drink, 1 photo, 1 ticket for VR game .

720A Dien Bien Phu, Ward 22, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
Contact: 098 160 16 20

This elegant 68-storey, 262m-high Carlos Zapata–designed skyscraper dwarfs all around it. It’s reportedly shaped like a lotus bulb, but it also resembles a CD rack with a tambourine shoved into it. That tambourine is the 49th-floor Saigon Skydeck, its roof functioning as a helipad.

Add: 2 Hai Trieu, District 1, HCMC

Hours: 9.30am-9.30pm
Entrance fee: adult/child 200,000/130,000d


Only a small number of Hindus live in HCMC, but this colourful slice of southern India is also considered sacred by many ethnic Vietnamese and Chinese. Reputed to have miraculous powers, the temple was built at the end of the 19th century and dedicated to the Hindu goddess Mariamman.


Add: 45 Truong Dinh street, district 1, HCMC
Hours: 7.30am-7.30pm

Built by South Indian Muslims in 1935 on the site of an earlier mosque, lime-green Saigon Central Mosque is an immaculately clean and well-tended island of calm in the bustling Dong Khoi area. In front of the sparkling white and blue structure, with its four decorative minarets, is a pool for the ritual ablutions required by Islamic law before prayers.

66 Ð Dong Du street, district 1, HCMC



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