Thien Hau Pagoda

This pagoda, also known as Chua Ba, was built by the Chinese in the early 19th century. It is one of the most active pagodas in Cholon, and has a worldly atmosphere with swirling incense and splendid furnishings. Ba’s reliefs decorate the walls and depict duels and arena fighting. The pagoda is dedicated to Thien Hau, Goddess of the Sea.

Location: 710 Nguyen Trai, D5
Time: 6:00am-5:00pm
Free entrance.

Local insight: Don’t forget to look up and take in the intricate carvings on the roof.

Locations and Directions:

Also check out

War Remnants Museum

This museum is not for the faint-hearted as it houses harrowing displays from the American War. Established in 1975, it is home to US armoured vehicles, bombs, infantry weapons and controversial images detailing the brutality of war. Not to be missed is Requiem, a homage to the photojournalists who lost their lives in the war.
 

City Hall

At the end of Nguyen Hue Street sits the magnificent office of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee. Completed in 1908, the design of the former Hotel de Ville is based on the original in Paris. 

Cu Chi Tunnels

Explore the vast network of underground tunnels from the 1940s that were expanded to 121km by guerrilla Viet Cong forces during the American War. The tunnels have now been widened to cater to larger frames, ...

Saigon Central Post Office

Designed by renowned French architect, Gustave Eiffel, the post office was built between 1886 and 1891. The vaulted roof and arched windows lend a classic look, reminiscent of ...