Ho Chi Ming City (formerly Saigon) is the commercial center of Vietnam as Hanoi is the political center of Vietnam. Ho Chi Ming City is in the southeast of Vietnam surrounding the Saigon River. This metropolis city is the most visited in Vietnam.
Not too far from the Central Post Office is the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon. Constructed in 1863-1880 and the Bell Towers were added in 1895 makes it 57.6 meters tall, with the addition of the crosses made it 60.5 meters tall.
Amitabha Buddha welcoming everyone. He is also on top of the two gates leading to the ground of Vinh Trang Temple. One is named the convenient Dharma gate and the other is the gate of pureness.
Qixia Mountain has a variety of maple trees render it a spectacular place to visit in the autumn when the foliage becomes colorful.
When we arrived at Qixia, the foliage was only starting to turn. Therefore we just visit the Qixia Temple considered to be the birthplace of the “Three Treatise” school of East Asia Buddhism. Built-in AD 489 contained a large collection of visual arts associated with Buddhism and continuously add on during different Dynasties. It was destroyed by Taiping rebellion and restored by the Republic of China. However, it was ransacked by the Red Guard during the Cultural Revolution.
This place has very nice sou-venir shops. The first site we came to is Mirror Lake. It was created during the Qing Dynasty during Emperor Qianlong’s reign.
Going up the slope of Qixia Mountain we come upon the “Thousand Buddha Caves”. The grotto contains many Buddhist sculptures of art.
Here is a closer look at the Buddha caves.
Qixia Temple took in refugees during the Nanking Massacre. Saving 23000 lives from the Japanese.
Bar Street of 1912 was where the center of entertainment. Bring back the nostalgia. German brewery was new and in fashion.