Top 5 things to do, Published on 13 August 2015, Thursday
Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon is a great place to visit. Ho Chi Minh is the largest metropolitan city in Vietnam, with a population over 13 million. Ho Chi Minh is a municipality with 24 divisions, including 5 subdivisions. The city was once a French colony, whose imprints are still visible in beautiful city buildings and monuments. During infamous Vietnam War, which ended in early 1975, Ho Chi Minh City played an important role. War remnants are still found in different parts of the city. Visitors from different parts of the world come here to see and experience the famous French Architecture, War Relics, Monuments, foods, art and culture.
Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City are numerous. It’s really tough to separate 5 of them. However, here are 5 most famous Ho Chi Minh City places of interest visitors normally like:
War Remnants Museum: The museum is famous for all military remnants, images and mementos of Vietnam War preserved as it is. Outside the museum building the war helicopters, tanks and aircrafts are displayed. Visitors get hints of mass destruction and ferocity of the US Military, which eradicated the very basic existence of Vietnamese. There are plenty of photographs displaying the after effects caused to the country, which are sure to move any visitor. The museum is a must visit for every visitor.
Saigon Opera House: This is also known as Municipal Theatre. Located in the heart of the city, the opera carries the great architectural heritage of French colonialism. The theatre was built between 1901 to 1911 by Ernest Guiscard and Eugene Ferrate. The façade of the theatre was decorated with inscriptions and reliefs; some of these were removed later, particularly during WWII. The opera had a seating arrangement of 1800 people when built, but now 800 people can sit together to enjoy the play.
Reunification Palace: This is another historical landmark of Ho Chi Minh City, carrying the unforgettable history of the great Vietnam War. At the time of French Rule, the building was known as Nordom Palace. In February 1962, during South Vietnam Independence war, the palace was air raided and intensively bombed. Some parts of the palace were completely destroyed in this attack. At that time it was used as the residence of the Vietnamese President. The reconstruction job was started in July 1962 and inaugurated in 1966. The hall was served as the office and residence of the head of military Junta Nguyen Van Thieu. As such the Reunification Palace is carrying war time relics of the military junta and famous president of Vietnam.
Jade Emperor Pagoda: This is a place worth visiting. Built in 1900 by Taoists and Buddhists, the Pagoda is still carrying the culture and Heritage of Gautama Buddha and Vietnam. The Pagoda is embellished with art and curves all through the walls, depicting Buddhist culture and creating a spiritual environment.
Motor Bike Tour: Ho Chi Minh city sightseeing on a motor bike is a life time experience for any visitor. Renting a motorcycle with driver for the entire day and visiting nook and corners of the city gives a different kind of enjoyment to a tourist.
Ho Chi Minh is a city full of life. The above mentioned five attractions of Ho Chi Minh city are the most popular places tourists like to visit. People are helpful to visitors. Every year thousands of tourists visit Ho Chi Minh to get a glimpse of history and modernity. Apart from Ho Chi Minh city places of interest , there are many other historical and cultural attractions, which can also be visited to make Ho Chi Minh city sightseeing exciting and memorable.