Exploring a blend of Sai Gon’s Culture

Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City is a major hub of activity, drawing on Asian and Western traditions alike to create its own unique culture. This exciting hub is a great place to visit during a shore excursion on an Vietnam cruise. Everything about Saigon's culture should be respected and preserved

A typical old Saigon

A great way to be introduced to the culture of old Saigon is to visit the National Museum of Vietnamese History. Housed in a building originally erected by French colonists, this facility is home to a wide array of artifacts from every era of the country's history. Whether traveler want to see prehistoric tools and art, relics from Ham tombs or statues from the nation's Buddhist traditions, this museum has something that will attack to you. In collection of black-and-white snapshots by Manh Hai Photographer,a famed French photographer finds beauty in tumultuous 1950s Saigon, traveler have all full side of city view from above

 

Saigon is well-known around the world for the conflict that occurred there in the 1960s and 70s, and traveler can see one of the most important sites related to the war at the Reunification Palace. This building was the seat of power for the president of South Vietnam, and the war officially drew to a close when North Vietnamese soldiers drove a tank through its front gate. Beside, visitor can also visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground network of wartime passageways that have been converted into a museum.

The merging of old and new culture in Saigon

Saigon had the honor of being named Ho Chi Minh City in 1976 and began a new cycle of transformation . Over hundreds of years, with the change of historical circumstances, the world’s various cultures seemed to have found a common place to converge in Saigon-HCM City. As is befitting Ho Chi Minh City's status as a major trading center, some of its most famous attractions are markets and shopping districts. One of the most important Saigon shopping destination is the Ben Thanh Market, a cluster of busy shops and narrow aisles where everyone can find everything from colorful scarves and wooden souvenirs to authentic cuisine and fruit vendors. To shop in a more Western atmosphere, head to Dong Khoi Street, which is lined with stores selling jewelry, ceramics, antiques, silks and even furniture. This destination also has plenty of places to grab a bite to eat, making it a perfect place to spend an afternoon.

To exploring the blend of Saigon's cultures you can visit Notre Dame Cathedral, a soaring basilica built by the French in the 19th century. Alternatively, you can pay a visit to Cholon, the city's Chinatown. Here, traveler can sample ethnic cuisine, pray at a temple or buy jade and medicine at a traditional shop.Being a city embracing both traditional and modern beauty, Saigon is an ideal destination of interest for every generations with different character. There are uncountable places of entertainment spot  for traveler in this fast-growing dynamic city. Dam Sen Water Park is worth your try