Famous destinations of Saigon travel with the view from high
Reunification Palace, Ben Thanh Market, Nha Rong port or Notre-Dame Basilica are some of well known landmarks that many tourists desire to visit in Saigon travel trip.
Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica
For over 100 years, nearly three centuries, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica (also known as the Basilica of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception) has been still splendid, magnificent, majestic, and it is considered a masterpiece of Saigon urban architecture. This is an excellent work of the Catholic Church in particular and religion one in general with the largest scale in Vietnam. In 19th century, the church and Christianity strongly developed following the French expeditionary corps. Shortly after the French occupied Saigon – 2nd Gia Dinh (1862), along with the urban construction and intention to turn Saigon into the capital of South America, French government build this cathedral as the place for Catholics to worship. Notre-Dame Basilica was an old Vietnamese temple abandoned by the war.
Reunification Palace was built in the area of 12 hectares, including a large mansion with wide frontage of 80 meters, a room with capacity of 800 people inside, and a large campus with lots of trees and grass. Most of the construction materials were transported from France. Completed in 1873, this palace was named Norodom Palace (the name of the King of Cambodia). From 1871 to 1887, it was reserved for the governor of the Southern Governor; therefore, it is called the Governor’s palace.
Ben Nha Rong (or Ho Chi Minh Museum) was a major trading port of Saigon. This commercial port located on the Saigon River was built in 1864 on the area nearby Khanh Hoi Bridge (District 4). At this place, Nguyen Tat Thanh got on Amiral Latouche Treville board on 5th/June/1911 and worked as a kitchen assistant to get to European to find the way saving country. The old headquarters of Nha Rong trading port was rebuilt into a Ho Chi Minh Museum in 1975.
Rach Ben Nghe
Ben Thanh Market
is one of the typical places of Ho Chi Minh city. Formerly, this market is constructed from brick, wood and thatched roofs that was described as “market town” with dense housing along the river. In 1860, the French rebuilt Ben Thanh market with brick columns, wood frames and sheet roofs. Up to July of 1870, a booth of market burned so it was rebuilt with brick columns, iron ribs, roof tiles. There were all five booths including foodstuffs, fish, meat, restaurants and groceries.
Tran Nguyen Han monument (built before 1975 in the city center) was also located in front of Ben Thanh Market. This monument has become a familiar image of HCM city residents; it is made of cement and has been renovated 2 times but now it is degrading. July, 2014, HCM City People’s Committee decided to approve relocation of Tran Nguyen Han statue to Phu Lam Park according to proposal of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and People’s Committee of District 1.
Tran Nguyen Han monument
Saigon Central Post Office located at No. 2, Square Street, Paris Commune (Ben Nghe Ward, District 1) is one of the typical architectures of Ho Chi Minh City. This is the building built by Frech in the years of 1886-1891 according to the design project of architect Villedieu and assistant Foulhoux. This architecture work owns combination of European style and Asian decoration. Many visitors who have once arrived at Saigon often cannot ignore this special and extremely impressive place.
Rach Ben Nghe
Rach Ben Nghe is a tributary flowing into the Saigon River. River flows along the area of the city with a length of about 80 km, with an average water flow of 54 m³ / s, the width of about 225-370m, the depth of up to 20m.
Nguyen Hue Street is one of the most beautiful streets in Ben Nghe Ward (District 1). This road stretching from the front of the city people’s committee office and Ho Chi Minh monument to Bach Dang Wharf with many high-rise buildings and bustling commercial centers that attract many visitors and became a familiar destination for visitors to enjoy the spring. Annual Nguyen Hue Flower Street exhibition is held from 28th, December until the end of the 4th lunar festival appealing hundreds of thousands of visitors.
Phu My cable-stayed bridge
Phu My cable-stayed bridge spanning SaiGon River is the largest one in Ho Chi Minh city. This bridge started to build on 9th/ September, 2005 and inaugurated on 2nd, September, 2009. The bridge has six lanes, connecting Thu Thiem and Phu My Hung new urban area.
Phu My Hung, Saigon model urban located in the south of Ho Chi Minh city has an area of 750 hectares. This is focusing place of high-income earners. The intention of foreign investors is turning wetlands into a model multi-functional urban, a financial, trade, services, industry and culture, entertainment center that motivate the development of southern and southeastern cities.