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Located 37 miles (60km) from Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi is now considered a heroic district for its role during the American war in Vietnam. It is legendary for its network of tunnels, which extend over 135 miles (220km), and is a popular destination for both Vietnamese and foreign visitors
Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon) as the city is still frequently referred to be Vietnam's largest city. It is a fast-paced city full of contrasts as street vendors selling fruit and vegetables can be seen next to glitzy western-style bars and boutiques. Saigon's history is only 300 years old. In 1859 the city was captured by the French and became the capital of Cochin China. From 1956 until its dramatic demise in April 1975 it was the capital of the US-backed Republic of Vietnam. Today, Ho Chi Minh City is very much the heart of Vietnamese business and entrepreneurs.
A perfect overview of historical monuments and cultural sites of Saigon. This half-day tour of Ho Chi Minh City is the perfect introduction to the city and the country's colorful past. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post Office, Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum and Jade Emperor Pagoda.
Saigon can consume some days to discover its best historic traces, cultural centers as well as enjoy its hustling life. If you feel hard to find a starting point, an orientation tour for just half-day can help you to commence.
This tour is combination of discovering modern city – aigon and learning about Vietnam’s history. You will be taken to the highlights of Saigon and then go beneath the ground lie 200 km of tunnels.
Getting around Chùa Phước Hải (Điện Ngọc Hoàng), Ho Chi Minh City
It is recommended to take Taxi which will cost you roughly VND 60000, taking around 2 minutes. The distance between the two points is 2.37 Kilometre.Walk
By walking for 23 minutes for a distance of 1.94 Kilometre.
Take a Taxi. The total distance will be 3.77 Kilometre costing VND 85000 and the duration of the trip will be 4 minutes.Walk
You can reach Reunification Palace on foot. The distance is 2.4 Kilometre and it will take around 29 minutes.
Suggested transit method is Taxi. The distance between the points being 2.63 Kilometre, the time taken for the journey is 3 minutes. The expense of the trip is VND 65000.Walk
It is recommended to walk. The distance is around 2 Kilometre and it will take around 24 minutes to reach the place on foot.
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Even though the local populace might be loath to admit it, this Vietnamese Pagoda has much of a Chinese feel to it. The three large smoldering joss sticks, positioned a few meters directly in front of the main entrance, reinforce this assessment. The interior is also a bit of a surprise. In keeping with the Buddhist following of the country, I was expecting to see an array of the Buddha’s images. Instead there was an odd mix of historical figurines and effigies adorning the walls and alcoves. This, as I’ve come to find in my travels throughout the region, is not entirely unexpected. As with Thailand, Laos and Cambodia Buddhism, in Vietnam, is infused with local folk religions. The figurines and effigies staring down at me from the walls were, no doubt, revered ancestors and saintly figures from the historical past. My assessment of the pagoda’s interior is confirmed when a local lady asks me “are you here for good luck for having a baby.” The temple, as I’d already guessed, has a lot to do with fertility rites. I’m further informed “many foreigners come here for good luck for having a baby.” In this regard this temple, for the locals, is an eclectic mix of a spirit house and religious site for worship. I am told that spirits, in Asia at least, are nothing to be feared. Unlike the West, and its interpretation of ghost’s, spirits here are generally viewed as a source of good. More merit makers arrive to pay homage to the ancestral spirits. The routine is always the same. After igniting a bundle of incense sticks the worshiper moves in front of his, or her, preferred deity for the day. The bundle of smoldering sticks is clasped between upturned palms and held high to the forehead. In a standing position prayers, or incantations, are spoken softly between forward bends in the direction of the deity. After a minimum of three forward bends (bows) the worshiper then plants the burning incense sticks in the large earthen ware pot set up to receive all the smoldering offerings. The turtle, or tortoise, is held high regard in Vietnam; it is a symbol of longevity. It may also be considered a symbol of virility due to its longevity. For this reason alone turtles, and tortoises, are a revered and protected animal in Vietnam. Paying homage to the turtle spirits, and any beings associated with them, will hopefully bring good fortune to those planning to have a family. More visitors arrive and light up fresh bundles of joss sticks to continue the ritual. After getting plenty of good shots inside the temple it was time to focus my attention back outside. When I arrived I noticed a large pond on the right hand side of the grounds. A quick peek over the edge revealed a swarm of small turtles flapping about on the dry bottom. I was intrigued to see what the story was. I stepped back outside and made my way across to the pond perimeter wall. The cement wall is approx. one meter high above ground level and the bottom of the pond is approximately two meters below. I look over and see the swarm of small turtles still flapping away. This time however, there’s also a man with a garden hose, squatting nearby, giving them a relieving spray of cool water in the midday heat. I’m at a loss as to why there should be mass of small turtles at the bottom of a dry pond. Even stranger is the white lettering that’s on the backs of many of them.
Very historic and beautiful architecture. Also a small pond with a large amount of turtles... A peaceful, shady place to relax or reflect. If Incense bothers your don't even think about going
Interesting to look at. There are some greatly detailed word work. This place had many people coming to pray. It's a bit smokey with all the incense burning. This place isn't very big so plan to only be here for 15 minutes unless you going to pray.
Calm and spiritual visit. Thanks to our tour guide Mr Typhoon Honey from A Travelmate
A real authentic Taoist experience. The statues of the Generals and the Jade emperor are fascinating
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