Fascinating Places to Visit in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

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Ho Chi Minh, the largest city in Vietnam offers many fascinating things to the visitors even though it is a chaotic commercial hub. I found the honking and heavy traffic a little bit annoying. But, the French architecture, temples and other tourist attractions like the museum, reunification palace and water spaces made my visit to the place absorbing.

Here are some of the must-see places in Ho Chi Minh, according to my experience.

 

  • Thien Hau Temple in China Town 

 

This is the oldest Chinese temple in Vietnam and is dedicated to the Goddess of the sea.  The roof of the temple is adorned with drawing portraying Chinese life during the 19th century.

 

  • Water Puppet Theatre

 

This is the place my children enjoyed most during the visit to Ho Chi Minh. The Golden Dragon Theatre offers traditional puppetry shows from the rural villages. Watching this show gives the tourist experience of the Vietnamese culture. Traditional musical instruments are used to provide live music during the show.

 

  • Reunification Palace

 

This is a building constructed in the 1960s and important historic events happened here in 1975 which lead to the reunification of the country. It is also called as Independence Palace and has lush green gardens spread over 44 acres. You can still see the war command room, basement tunnels and the military vehicles here.

 

  • Vietnamese History Museum

 

The building dates back to 1929 and is created using Asian and French architecture.   You can find the evolution of the country from the Bronze Age to the 20th century by going through the exhibits here. A well- preserved mummy is an added attraction to visit the museum.

 

  • Pagoda of Jade Emperor or Chua Phuoc Hai

 

This is a temple constructed to honor Jade Emperor, the Taoist God. Many Taoist deities and Buddhist statues are located inside the temple. I found the panels of woodwork and animal and dragon sculptures decorating the roof attractive.