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Ho Chi Minh City sightseeing: Saigon landscapes and architectural heritage you can discover

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If you are planning a trip to Vietnam and want to explore Saigon’s architectural heritage and landscapes, refer to the list of unique destinations below. The historic and distinctive buildings in this area can teach you about the history and culture of the city. Let’s find out and explore together!

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral – Source: Internet

Notre Dame Cathedral Saigon is one of Saigon’s most popular scenic destinations. The monumental architecture combines Gothic and Roman styles to create unique beauty and attract thousands of tourists annually. It is an essential spiritual destination and a treasure trove of cultural heritage, beliefs, history and art. You will see great works of art such as the portrait of Pope John Paul II, the meticulously carved statue of Mary or colorful glasses. Remember to visit Notre Dame Cathedral during your Saigon tour to experience the architectural and artistic beauty, the significant historical and cultural values, and the Saigon scenic spots.

Independence Palace

Old picture of Independence Palace
Old picture of Independence Palace – Source: Internet

Independence Palace is one of Saigon’s scenic spots, with an area of more than 12,000 m2 and nearly 100 rooms. In particular, the Chess Board meeting room is considered a highlight, with large chess boards and synchronous chairs made of red oak, creating a formal and polite space. Independence Palace has special historical and cultural significance in addition to being an original architectural design. This place has witnessed the country’s historical events and is considered one of the famous landscapes of Saigon. If you plan to explore this city, remember to visit Independence Palace to experience the remarkable historical, cultural and architectural values of this Saigon scenic spot.

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Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels
Cu Chi Tunnels – Source: Internet

Cu Chi Tunnels historical site is one of the famous tourist attractions of Saigon, considered one of the “Saigon landscapes” not to be missed. The historical site of Cu Chi Tunnel is preserved and restored to introduce to visitors a place to discover memorabilia, documents, images and practical experiences of the resistance struggle for independence and freedom of the Vietnamese people. Visitors can visit, explore, learn and understand more about Vietnamese history.

If you want to learn about the history of Vietnam and discover the “Saigon scenic spot”, do not forget to visit the historical site of Cu Chi Tunnel. This is one of the tourist attractions of Saigon, where you can enjoy historical memorabilia and experience life in the tunnels.

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Nha Rong Wharf

Nha Rong Wharf
Nha Rong Wharf – Source: Internet

The historic and distinctive buildings in this area can teach you about the history and culture of the city. Independence Palace has special historical and cultural significance in addition to being an original architectural design. Considered one of the “Saigon landscapes” not to be missed, Nha Rong Wharf is the starting point of Uncle Ho’s historical journey on the path of national liberation of Vietnam. This is also home to important historical relics, such as the ship named “Nguyen Huu Canh” and the small house where Uncle Ho stayed between 1910 and 1911.

The preservation and restoration of Nha Rong Wharf has made it a popular tourist site for both domestic and international travelers. Visitors can visit the galleries of history, relics, and items related to the resistance against the French and American colonialists. Besides, Nha Rong Wharf is also an ideal stopover to see the poetic Saigon River and visit the surrounding area.

War Remnants Museum

War Remnants Museum
War Remnants Museum – Source: Internet

The museum is designed with 3 floors, each with its theme and artifacts. The museum’s first floor consists of a ticket office, a multipurpose room and a world room supporting the Vietnam resistance. Here, visitors will learn about the most terrible types of detention by the US military for patriotic prisoners in the “Tiger Cages” – a part of Con Dao prison. The two ground floors of the museum recount a period of bloody history with many attractive topics, such as the war in Vietnam or the victims of Agent Orange that have made many people angry or sad. The museum stores over 20,000 documents and artifacts typical of the Vietnam War, attracting millions of visitors annually. This place is a Saigon scenic spot that you must pay attention to.

Bitexco Tower

Bitexco Financial Tower is one of the famous Saigon landscapes with a height of up to 262 meters, serving as a symbol for the urban development of Ho Chi Minh City. With its unique architecture, the tower’s top floor is designed like an arrow, creating an impressive scene of Saigon when viewed from a distance. Guests can enjoy the panoramic view of Saigon from the 178-meter observation deck or enjoy the cuisine at the luxurious restaurants inside the building. Bitexco Financial Tower is an attractive destination to be noticed for those who want to explore Saigon’s landscapes.

Saigon Central Post Office

Saigon Central Post Office
Saigon Central Post Office – Source: Internet

Saigon Central Post Office is one of the attractive destinations for visitors to Ho Chi Minh City. Built in 1886, the Saigon Post Office (the Central Post Office) is considered one of the old Saigon’s most unique and beautiful architectural works. With classical French architecture, the central post office building is one of the scenic spots of Saigon that attracts many tourists to visit and admire. The post office building is designed with exquisite details such as soft lines, round gates and pillars that create a delicate beauty. Inside, visitors will see unique works of art and architecture, creating a great space to relax and feel the beauty of old Saigon. With its long history and central location, Saigon Central Post Office is one of the must-see tourist attractions when exploring this emotional city.

Ho Chi Minh City Opera House

Ho Chi Minh City Opera House
Ho Chi Minh City Opera House – Source: Internet

Ho Chi Minh City Opera House, also known as the Opera House, is one of the famous Saigon landscapes with unique architecture and a long history. With a prime location in the city center, this theater has become a cultural symbol of Saigon. The Ho Chi Minh City Opera House was built in 1897 and has undergone many historical periods. It is home to many cultural, artistic and entertainment activities, from plays and musicals to large-scale musical events. With a capacity of more than 1,000 seats and classic European-style architecture, Ho Chi Minh City Theater has attracted a large number of domestic and foreign tourists to visit and enjoy world-class art sets.

The Tomb of Le Van Duyet 

Le Van Duyet mausoleum
Le Van Duyet mausoleum – Source: Internet

Le Van Duyet Mausoleum – The Tomb of Le Van Duyet is one of the Saigon scenic spots to be noticed. Located in the Binh Thanh area, this mausoleum was built in the 19th century to commemorate the name of General Le Van Duyet – one of the famous generals of the Nguyen army. The mausoleum is designed in traditional Vietnamese, with Chinese-style buildings and red tile roofs. In particular, Le Van Duyet Mausoleum is located on a large campus, surrounded by trees and lakes, creating a quiet and peaceful space in Saigon’s noisy and crowded center. This is the right place for those who want to find peace in modern life and explore the country’s history.

Pasteur Institute In Ho Chi Minh City

Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City is one of the famous places and attracts tourists when coming to Saigon. Founded in 1891, this is one of Vietnam’s most significant scientific research centers in health and biology. Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City has significantly contributed to the health and science industry nationally and internationally. This destination is not only of historical and cultural value but also a great place to learn about health and the latest scientific developments. If you love science and medicine, visit the Pasteur Institute of Ho Chi Minh City to experience part of the Saigon landscape and discover more about the achievements of the health sector in Vietnam.

Conclusion

Saigon’s architectural heritage and scenic spots are fascinating places of cultural history, reminding us of the past full of adversity and excitement. Come and experience these places and feel the diversity and richness of Saigon culture. You will indeed have meaningful experiences and create unforgettable memories.

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