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Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon - Things to Know Before Visiting

01 Công xã Paris, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

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About Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon

Established by French colonists who initially named it L'eglise de Saïgon, the cathedral was constructed between 1863 and 1880. The name Notre-Dame Cathedral has been used since 1959. It has two bell towers, reaching a height of 58 meters (190 feet). All the original building materials were imported from France and the cathedral foundation was designed to bear ten times the weight of the cathedral.

Attractions Near Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon

Saigon Central Post Office
Saigon Central Post Office0.1km from Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon

A post office known for its Gothic, Renaissance and French influences. The building was constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the late 19th century. It is adorned with a most artistic façade, and is particularly well laid out and well equipped.

Ho Chi Minh City Museum
Ho Chi Minh City Museum0.43km from Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon

A former European style palace converted into a museum. Hosts numerous local artefacts, as well as holds collections that detail the geography as well as the commercial significance of Hoch Chi Minh city. There is an underground bunker and tunnel that the visitors could also explore.

Independence Palace
Independence Palace0.49km from Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon

Also known as Reunification Palace, it was the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. It was the site of the end of the Vietnam War during the Fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975, when a North Vietnamese army tank crashed through its gates.

Ho Chi Minh City Opera House
Ho Chi Minh City Opera House0.57km from Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon

Built in 1897 by French architect Eugène Ferret, the 500 seat building was used as the home of the Lower House assembly of South Vietnam after 1956. It was again used as a theatre from 1975, and restored in 1995.

War Remnants Museum
War Remnants Museum0.72km from Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon

It contains exhibits relating to the Vietnam War and the First Indochina War. The main exhibits include artillery and armor collections, photographs from the war and of the chemical weapons used.

Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh Market0.86km from Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon

A large market place in central Hoh Chi Minh City, popular for handicrafts, textiles, souvenirs and local food.

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Ho Chi Minh City, also known by its former name of Saigon is the most populous city in Vietnam with a population of 8.4 million. It is the financial centre of Vietnam and a major air travel gateway to Vietnam.