Top famous Churches in Ho Chi Minh City

  • Mon, 14/11/2016
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Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon), is the most fascinating city in the South of Vietnam. It is well-known for many vital aspects: History, culture and even architechture. Among various famous buildings in Ho Chi Minh City, we cannot deny that the churches play an important role in representing the beauty of the city. Most of the churches in Ho Chi Minh City were mainly built in the second half of the 19th century,with French architecture’s style and Roman, Gothic in the medieval times of Europe. 
With these suggestions to the Top famous churches in Ho Chi Minh City, you can get all necessary information you need to know about these destinations.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica

If you have chance to have a trip to Ho Chi Minh City, you should not miss one of the symbols in this city, Notre Dame Cathedral. Notre Dame Cathedral is the must-see church in Ho Chi Minh City, it is also one of the initial catholic churches in Ho Chi Minh City. Since 1865, Notre Dame Cathedral was the biggest church of France’s constructions in Vietnam, built with Marseille brick, stained glass, steel frame from France and blue stone of Bien Hoa, constructed by the commander Bonard. Notre Dame has established the electric system at the beginning, instead of candles as other churches.

Sanctuary can accommodate about 1,200 people, with the two main rows of pillar on each side with six rectangular pieces (total 12 pieces), representing 12 apostles. This catholic church in Ho Chi Minh City is a true architectural work with great value in terms of art history and architecture as well as construction. Although Notre Dame has witnessed many historical periods, it still exists today as a living monument in the freedom of the country. Foreign visitors are interesting to come here on every special occasion, especially on Christmas Eve, the church and the city center turn into a festival area.

Notre Dame Cathedral and is an architectural masterpiece, a typical work contributes to Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City’s modern appearance. It is also noted the introduction and exchange of culture and acculturation – architecture between East and West.
  • Address: 1 Cong Xa Paris, Ben Nghe ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city.
  • Phone number: (08) 3829 4822
  • Opening hour: 5:30 – 17:00 daily 

Cho Quan Church 

Cho Quan church Viet Fun Travel

Cho Quan Church is the oldest catholic church in Ho Chi Minh City, with solemn, magnificient and unique architecture. It has been inaugurated in 1896 with many attentions of the residents. The Cho Quan church is decorated with the Gothic style (France) with the pointed dome and the large bell tower.

From the top of the bell tower, tourists can observe the whole view of a part of the city, especially, when the bell is rung, it features the sound of peace and tranquillity. Tourist will find the interior decoration interesting because it is not sophisticated with painted glass as other churches or too much paintings on the ceiling. There is also a public school in the backyard of Cho Quan church, with 16.922m2, 12 classrooms and a hall. 
  • Address: 120 Tran Binh Trong, District 2, No.5 ward, Ho Chi Minh city.
  • Phone number: (08) 3923 5067
  • Opening houre: 5:00 – 17:30 (daily)/ 18:00 (Sunday)
Cha Tam Church 

Cha Tam Church in Ho Chi Minh

Cha Tam church is commonly known as ST. Francis Xavier Parish Saigon, it is the old contruction, built in 1900 and completed in 1902. Many people consider that this church is the sole construction with the taste of Chinese culture in Ho Chi Minh City. If you have wondered about the name, which is in Vietnamese: “Father Tam”- the priest Pierre d 'Assou, who led the construction of the church and also was the first priest, so the church has been named after him.

In general, the church has Gothique architecture, like other churches in Europe, but Chinese cultural still exist in the vast of the architecture, including the name written in kanji, tiled roof, the curve sword, the two sides cross. On the roof of the church is lotus, two painting scrolls on both sides are also written in kanji, four main pillars are in red - the color is not common in the Catholic church. In the chaos life of Saigon, the architecture of this church brings a distinctive character, it is the mixture among Catholic architecture, Chinese and Vietnam.
  • Address: 25 Hoc Lac, ward 14, District 05, Ho Chi Minh city
  • Phone number: (08) 3856 0274
  • Opening hour: 5:30 – 17:30 (daily)
Tan Dinh Church

Tan Dinh Church in Saigon

Along with Notre Dame Cathedral, Tan Dinh Church is also the large construction in Ho Chi Minh City. It was built in 1870 and completed in 1876. Tan Dinh Church is the typical construction of the French architecture’s style. The overall architecture is Gothic, combining with Roman and Baroque decoration. Pink color and decorative lines of white feature the blue sky, creating fresh and stunning look.

In sunset, when the church bells ring, featuring the sophisticated and romantic scenery of the city. Tan Dinh Church is not only a beautiful construction but also a valuable architecture, including history, culture and lifestyle of the city. It is also a place of the charitable organizations, who share love and careness.
See detail Tan Dinh Church
  • Address: 289 Hai Ba Trung, Ward 8, District 3, Ho Chi Minh city
  • Phone number: (08) 3829 3088/ (08) 3829 0093
  • Opening hour: 5:00 –  19:00 (daily)
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