Ho Chi Ming City, Vietnam

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.

Ho Chi Ming City Hall
Ho Chi Ming City Hall

 

 

Municipal Theater
The Municipal Theater of Ho Chi Ming City. It was constructed in 1900 by the French during its colonial rule. It is of a typical French architectural style. During the time of North and South Vietnam, it was where the Lower House assemble. Not until 1975 it was again an Opera House and restored in 1995.

 

 

 

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The Central Post Office of Ho Chi Ming City was constructed (1886-1891) during the French occupation in the French Colonial style.
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The spectacular interior of the 19th century Central Post Office, with telephone booth and world time clocks. It is still functional at this time of e-mails and mobile phones!
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In front of the cathedral are a flower garden and a statue of the Virgin Mary which had been reported seen tears in Oct. 2005.

 

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.

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The famous delicious Vietnamese coffee is a culture acquired from the French.
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South Vietnamese water puppet show.
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The Thien Hau Temple is a Chinese style temple worshiping MaZhu. First built in 1760 and continually made add-on and repairs.
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Many worshipers inside during the Chinese New Year creating smoking mist with incense burning.
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plaques on the wall depicting the original ties of the temple.
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The beautiful Mekong Rest Stop where we had lunch
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Our delicious Vietnamese lunch
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Along the way to Mekong Delta, we come to Vinh Trang Temple. First, come to be in 1849, then partially destroy through various wars, finally rebuilt and restored in 1907. One of the major Buddhist temples in South Vietnam.
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Shakyamuni Buddha lying posture going into Nirvana is one of the statues in Vinh Trang Temple ground

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Happy Buddha is also there. Greeting everyone there

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.20180218_132024_001-COLLAGE (1)

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The bridge is where Mekong River goes out to sea
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Boat ride in Mekong Delta
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Our delicious meal made of various dishes of rice or rice flour.

 

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