Ho Chi Minh City Museum

The Ho Chi Minh City Museum

By Karl-Heinz Kronpass

By Karl-Heinz Kronpass

The Ho Chi Minh City Museum

The Ho Chi Minh City Museum, built in 1885 and once known as  Gia Long Palace  is dedicated to the history of the city in a building that, with its varied history, deserves its own museum - if only the walls could speak.


A uniquely beautiful and impressive building that tells the history of the city using archaeological artifacts, ceramics, old city maps and displays about the wedding traditions of its different ethnic groups. 

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The struggle for independence is treated in great detail in the Ho Chi Minh City Museum, with most of the upper floor dedicated to it.

A network of reinforced concrete bunkers and paved corridors is located deep below the building. The system, the branches of which extend to the Reunification Palace, houses living areas, a kitchen, and a large meeting room. In 1963, President Diem and his brother hid here before fleeing to Cha Tam Church. The network has limited public access because most tunnels are flooded.

Various military equipment is found in the gardens, including the American-made F-5E jet that a renegade South Vietnamese pilot used to bomb the Presidential Palace (now the Reunification Palace) on April 8, 1975.

All current exhibitions:

"Nature - Archeology"

Represents geography, minerals, animals, flora, river system and people's lives in 2000, 3000 BC with artifacts such as stone picks, stone axes, personal decorations and graves.

"Geography - Administration"

Map collections Saigon maps 1623 - 1679, 1793, 1815, 1898, 1918 and ancient objects such as B. The seal of the governor of Le Van Duyet Giadinh. Pictures of ancient monuments built at the beginning of the 20th century: town hall, Saigon cathedral, Saigon post office…

"The trading port"

527 artifacts, 36 photos and 10 maps show Saigon, the economic center of the south.

"Saigon Culture - Ho Chi Minh City"

Shows the diverse cultural history of Saigon ´s with the focus on the introduction of belief, custom, traditional performance art and education of some ethnic groups such as Viet, Cham, Chinese and Khmer.

The exhibition shows traditional wedding customs, collections of musical instruments, costumes and photos of some famous plays in the Cai Luong theater.

"Revolutionary struggle 1930 - 1954"

The founding of the Vietnamese Communist Party in 1930, the first party cell in Saigon. National heroes such as Tran Phu, Ly Tu Trong, Ha Huy Tap, Nguyen Van Cu, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai and Le Hong Phong. Historical uprisings: Nam Ky, The August Revolution.

Saigon Industrial and Craft Village - Ho Chi Minh City

Pottery, wood engravings, jewelry industry, bronze ...
The industry in Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City

"Memorial Collection of Patriotic Soldiers"

"Vietnam currency" represents 1086 objects, including bronze and zinc coins: coins of feudal dynasties such as Dinh, Le, Ly, Tran, Nguyen, paper currency French Indochina.

Address: 65 Ly Tu Trong, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Opening hours:
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
From Monday to Sunday

What is the best way to visit this museum?

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Dan Sinh Yersin Markt Saigon

The Dan Sinh – Yersin Marktet in Saigon HCMC

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The Dan Sinh – Yersin Marktet in Saigon HCMC

In Ho Chi Minh City there are markets that specialize in certain types of goods. For example, the Kim Bien market is well known for chemicals for use in a variety of areas, especially clothing and food, or the Dai Quang Minh market, where you will get lost in the colorful world of clothing and fashion accessory stalls . The Soai Kinh Lam market fascinates with the colorful and diverse types of fabrics.

The Dan Sinh Yersin market was named after the French biologist and adventurer Alexandre Yersin. Among the numerous markets, one of the strangest is the market, which is popularly known as the American or War surplus market, in which building materials, sanitary fittings and all Vietnam war material are sold in the same place.


To find the section where war supplies are sold, you have to turn left shortly after crossing the main entrance, otherwise you will walk around in circles and get through the various shops in the market.

The market is not often visited by tourists. Most visitors who find their way here combine a visit to the Dan Sinh Yersin market with the nearby one Phung-Tu-Pagoda.

The Dan Sinh Yersin market in Ho Chi Minh City was once dedicated exclusively to the sale of war relics and items related to the army, from uniforms and items that soldiers carried in their backpacks to cartridge cases and disarmed landmines. However, today it is mostly a hardware and souvenir market.

Dan Sinh Yersin Market in Saigon

When walking through this market you will also find countless shops selling screws, building materials and industrial machines. Some stores sell women's clothing and kitchen utensils.

A small area of the market offers high quality camping equipment. This is particularly useful for those who want to go on an outdoor expedition. Here you will find durable, waterproof clothing, thick bomber jackets, tents, boots, mini binoculars, sleeping bags and mosquito nets.

The main stands at Dan Sinh Market sell real and / or fake items related to the Vietnam War. You can find Zippo lighters, dog tags, cartridge cases, duffle bags, real and fake US Army helmets, and gas masks. You can also find relics of the Soviet army, including Soviet flight suits and helmets.

Should you visit the market? Definitely yes!

At Yersin Market, you can not only buy a unique souvenir, but also better understand the painful effects of the Vietnam War, known as the American War in that country. In addition, this market offers the best selection if you are looking for good equipment for your next camping trip.

The Dan Sinh market is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Address: Số 104, Yersin, Phường Nguyễn Thái Bình, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam

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Temple Saigon Unseen Vietnam Tours

The 7 most mysterious temples & pagodas in Saigon

By Karl-Heinz Kronpass

By Karl-Heinz Kronpass

The 7 most mysterious temples & pagodas in Saigon

The temples and pagodas in Saigon are at the heart of Vietnamese culture. Important relics are kept here as a center of worship and serve to make the mysterious traditional writings known.

Faith is expressed here with breathtaking beauty and a great sense of aesthetics. Statues, writings, detailed carvings and colorful mosaics create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, which is enhanced by the ubiquitous scent of aromatic incense.

Most pagodas and temples in Vietnam are built according to Chinese tradition. The ones listed below are definitely worth a visit as they show inspiring beauty and provide valuable insights into Vietnamese culture and history.

The best time to visit the pagodas and temples in Saigon is early morning. It is cooler and you can see the monks starting their day with prayers and morning chores.

Bà Thiên Hậu Pagoda

The Ba Thien Hau temple in Saigon, located in Chinatown, was built in 1760 in honor of Mazu, the “Lady of the Sea”. It is believed to protect and save ships and people at sea.

Mazuism is linked to traditions and beliefs of both Taoism and Buddhism. Mazuism is therefore the inclusion of various aspects and traditions that have come together to form a new faith.

The dioramas in the temple show scenes from a Chinese city of the 19th century and contain colorful figures such as actors, demons, animals as well as Persian and European seafarers and traders. In one scene, actors show a duel on horseback between revered halberd-wielding General Guan Yu from the novel Three Kingdoms and another fighter. Another scene shows three Taoist ways that represent longevity, fertility and prosperity.

Opening times: 8 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.

Address: 710 Nguyen Trai Street, District 11, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City

General Lê Văn Duyệt's Tomb

Lê Văn Duyệt (1763 or 1764 - July 30, 1832) was a Vietnamese general who helped Nguyễn Ánh - the future emperor Gia Long - to quell the rebellion of Tây Sơn, unite Vietnam and establish the Nguyễn dynasty.

“Because of Duyệt's military capabilities, he quickly rose through the ranks of the Nguyễn army and became a marshal when the Tây Sơn-Nguyễn war ended. After the establishment of the Nguyễn Dynasty, Duyệt served as a high-ranking Mandarin and later as Viceroy of southern Vietnam.

His reign greatly contributed to the development of the southern third of Vietnam, making it a rich and peaceful region. In addition, Duyệt opposed the rise of Emperor Minh Mạng and defended Christian missionaries and converted from the Emperor's isolated and Confucian policies.

These attitudes brought Duyệt into conflict with Minh Mạng and led to the posthumous desecration of Duyệt's grave, which provoked his adoptive son Lê Văn Khôi to rebellion against the court. Emperor Thiệu Trị, the successor of Minh Mạng, later rehabilitated Duyệt and restored his grave.

Source: Wikipedia

Opening times from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Address: Tomb of Le Van Duyet, District 1, Bình Thạnh District.

Ông Bổn Pagoda

Chùa Ông Bổn is a temple that was built by two Chinese Fujian communities in Cho Lon around 1730 to worship Zheng He. Other revered gods are Yù Huáng (Jade Emperor - Ngọc Hoàng), Guānyīn (Goddess of Mercy - Quanm), Guan Di (Quan Đế) etc. The temple was renovated in 1875, 1901 and 1990.

Ong Bon is also the god of wealth, which is why followers put ghost money as an offering in the oven of the pagoda. This ritual serves to bring financial blessings to individuals and their families. 

Address: 264 Hai Thuong Lan Ong, Phuong 14, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City.

Phung Son Tu Pagoda

A small temple built by Fukien Chinese in 1940. Incense coils hang in the open fountain of the pagoda dedicated to Ong Bon, the guardian of happiness and virtue.

The temple is a good place to relax from the hectic city.

Address: 338 Nguyễn Công Trứ, Phường Nguyễn Thái Bình, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

Bửu Long Pagoda

Wenn Sie nach einem ruhigen und schönen Ort in Ho-Chi-Minh-Stadt suchen, sollten Sie die Buu Long Pagode in Distrikt 9 besuchen. Diese Pagode ist eine der berühmtesten Sehenswürdigkeiten in diesem Vorort, der etwa 20 km vom Stadtzentrum entfernt liegt. Die Pagode hat einen einzigartigen architektonischen Stil, der Elemente aus Indien, Myanmar und Vietnam kombiniert. Sie ist mit goldenen Stupas und Türmen geschmückt, die sich vom Himmel abheben.

Die Buu Long Pagode liegt auf einem Hügel westlich des Dong-Nai-Flusses und bietet einen malerischen Blick auf die Landschaft. Sie können den Fluss und die grünen Felder von der oberen Etage der Pagode aus sehen. Die Pagode ist auch von einem großen Garten umgeben, in dem Sie spazieren gehen oder meditieren können. Es gibt auch ein vegetarisches Restaurant vor Ort, das günstige vietnamesische Gerichte anbietet.

Die Buu Long Pagode ist ein Ort der Ruhe und Spiritualität inmitten des hektischen Treibens der Stadt. Sie können hier die Schönheit der buddhistischen Kunst und Kultur bewundern und mehr über die Theravada-Tradition erfahren, die in dieser Pagode praktiziert wird. Die Pagode ist täglich von 7 bis 17 Uhr geöffnet und der Eintritt ist kostenlos.

Um zur Buu Long Pagode zu gelangen, können Sie ein Taxi oder ein Motorrad nehmen. Die Fahrt dauert je nach Verkehr etwa eine Stunde. Wenn Sie mehr Zeit haben, können Sie auch die Nebenstraßen durch die Bezirke 2 und 9 nehmen, um einen Einblick in das moderne Leben der Einheimischen zu bekommen. Sie werden sehen, wie neue Städte neben Reisfeldern und Fischfarmen entstehen.

Die Buu Long Pagode ist ein lohnendes Ziel für alle, die Ho-Chi-Minh-Stadt von einer anderen Seite kennenlernen wollen. Es ist ein Ort der Schönheit, des Friedens und der Erleuchtung, den Sie nicht verpassen sollten.

Address: 81 Nguyễn Xiển, Long Bình, District 9

Chùa Bà Châu Đốc 3 Temple in Saigon

The unique temple is located in the middle of the Dong Nai River near the Bửu Long Pagoda.

It was founded in 1965 under the direction of Venerable Thich Nhat Phat.

From a distance, you can immediately see the temple gate, a picture of the dragon that winds along the river in the deep blue sky. Hearing the temple bells here gives you a feeling of calm and lightness. 

The Chau Doc 3 temple in Saigon is a great destination for anyone who loves peaceful places and nature.

Address: Long Bình, District 9, Ho Chi Minh City

Tran Hung Dao Temple in District 1

This temple in Saigon was built to worship Tran Hung Dao, a famous Vietnamese general. He is known for successfully repelling three Kublai Khan invasions in the 13th century during the Mongolian-Vietnam War. His victories are one of the greatest military successes in Vietnam.

If you love architecture and Asian cultures, you will be impressed by the richness of detail of the artistic decorations.

There is also a gallery from the Tran dynasty to see interesting antiques. Unfortunately, the gallery only opens on Tet Holiday and Gio Ong - a big celebration for Tran Hung Dao on the 20th of the 8th lunar month.

Address: 36 Võ Thị Sáu, Tân Định, District 1, Hồ Chí Minh

Opening times: 8 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. daily

Wie kann man all diese Tempel am besten besichtigen ?

Especially if you are traveling in small groups or with your family and have children, a private vehicle is the best choice. So a private vehicle, or simply combine the visit with a private city tour to visit these mysterious temples in Saigon

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The Ho Chi Minh Museum of Fine Arts

The Ho Chi Minh - Fine Arts Museum of Saigon

The fine art museum houses an impressive art collection from Vietnam and beyond. Here you will find all the information you need to know.

The Ho Chi Minh Fine Art Museum of Saigon, with a focus on contemporary local art, offers a surprising variety of artworks by new and established Vietnamese artists, as well as antique pieces from the seventh century.

Oil paintings, ceramics and sculptures (of different quality) by Vietnamese and international artists dominate the first two halls, while the third houses a great collection of ancient Buddhist and Cham art.

 Although the stained-glass windows have faded somewhat, the wide marble staircases and the brightly tiled walls are as impressive today as when the building was built.Unseen Vietnam Tours Kunstmuseum Ho Chi Minh City

The museum is housed in a magnificent mansion from 1929 and was inspired by a combination of Chinese and French architecture.Ausstellung Kunstmuseum Saigon

Here you can admire contemporary works by some of Vietnam's most important artists as well as historical works from the fourth century. Cham art from the 7th to 14th centuries is also exhibited here.Cham Kunst Saigon Fine Arts Museum

The building itself is considered a wonderful masterpiece. All in all, this is not only a worth seeing museum for art and history lovers, but also for architecture fans who are interested in buildings.

If you are interested in art and culture in Vietnam, the Saigon Art Museum (Ho Chi Minh City) should be added to your list. It plays an important role in collecting, preserving and exhibiting some of the country's typical works of art.

What alternatives are there to the usual flat-rate travel offers to visit the museum?

Especially if you travel in small groups or with your family and have children, a private vehicle is the best choice. You can rent a private car Book to the art museum in Saigon or simply visit with a private city tour .

The Saigon Art Museum - Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Address: 97A Phó Đức Chính, Phường Nguyễn Thái Bình, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

Entry price: VND 30,000


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