Giac Lam Pagoda
Located at 118 Lac Long Quan, Tan Binh Dist., this is the most archaic pagoda, which built in 1744. Here is the inheritance of Buddhism preachers from China. Giac Lam Pagoda has architecture of unusual excellence with huge columns where golden – plated parallel sentences engraved. Within its precinct, there is collection of religion – oriented flowers and 113 Buddhism statues made from valued woods and copper. Also, it is important to mention other pagoda like Xa Loi, Vinh Nghiem, An Quang with typical features of each work.
Formerly here was the Norodom camp built in 1873. It has selected for Presidential Palace in 1954 and then reconstructed in 1962 with the name Independence Palace. The site is on 2,000m2 surface combining 5 levels with 100 apartments decorating separately for each room. It is now named Independence Hall.
Sai Gon Post
The first outline of the post was found in 1863 with simple structure: postal department and telegraph department. In 1890, the building was full commenced of operation in harmony of European and Asian architecture. The clock on the main gate is as old as the building.
The museums: Connection to various museums of: Revolution, Arts, History, Women, War…
Garden of Zoology and Botanic
This is a cultural destination where the old of preservation of zoology and botanic stand at 8th rank in the world. The garden formed in 1864 on a site of 12 hectares preserving valuable botanic and zoology from continentals around the world. After 130 years of development, the garden now is enlarged to 20 hectares of botanic and nearly 22,000m2 of animal farms. Records have been made for 590 species of animals, 1,800 trees of 260 species, 23 species of local orchids, 33 cactus species and 24 kinds of bonsai. Also make a choice among Dam Sen Tourist resort, Sai Gon water – park, Suoi Tien resort for an alternative.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Designed in France with two bell – towers, the work had started on 11 April 1880 under commends of Eng. Bourard and with 2.5 million FF of investment. The chancel is in 113m lengths, 35m widths and 21m heights. On 7th and 8th December 1959, Vatican has approved the church to hold the name of the Palace Chancel. Other highlighted church can be mentioned are Jeanne d’Arc church, Protestantism church and Cho Quan church.
The Big Market, as it meaning, formed in 1788 by groups of Chinese immigrated from My Tho and Pho isle on the side of Ben Nghe channel. Nowdays, Cho Lon is the trading center for all types of commodities of the Chinese – Vietnamese community as called China Town in HCMC. Other highlighted markets to mention are An Dong, Ben Thanh.
Standing on the estuary of Sai Gon River, it was the departure – port for President Ho chi Minh to start the way of national salvation. There are many relicts preserved in the building.