Nowadays, in our talks about Saigon, Saigon is well- known as a buzzing, modern metropolis in the south of Vietnam. Saigon with strong character can be everything you expect, from the tastiest street food stalls to the classiest of restaurants, the bustling of the markets to the choicest stores and the historic architecture to modern skyscrapers. Yet within the teeming metropolis are the timeless traditions and beauty of an ancient culture. For many people, history is at every corner of the street in Saigon, a history definitely bound with many stories. The top historical tourist attractions in Saigon will share destinations that inspires a lot of generations about a majestic Saigon. Indochina travel Vietnam
The War Remnants Museum in Saigon
War Remnants Museum was established in 1975, shortly after reunification, in order to save the remnants of the heroic people in the struggle against the invading forces, and to denounce the crimes, detail effects and highlights consequences of 30- year American- Vietnam tragic war. It is not a pleasant place to find the noise of normal tourist destinations. It is a more grisly. This is a chilling reminder of life not-too-long ago. In 2013, Trip Advisor voted The War Remnants Museum in Saigon reached the top 5 of the 25 most fascinating museums in Asia.
Independence Palace (Dinh Độc Lập) is also known as Reunification Palace. It was built by French in 1868. The Reunification Palace was once the most beautiful buildings in Asian – the residence of the most powerful people and is also witnessed many historical events in nearly 100- year ups and downs of Saigon. You will find the tank that crashed through the gates of the palace on the morning of 30 April 1975 marked as a historical witness of Saigon regime’s fall and have close look on how was the life inside the palace during the war time.
Saigon Central Post Office
Do not leave Saigon without visiting this historical landmark. It first opened in 1891, was designed by Gustave Eiffel himself. It fascinates tourists by the French colonial beauty from any angle. You can admire the marble floor, the paintings of historic maps or a mosaic of Ho Chi Minh portrait takes pride of place at the end of its barrel-vaulted hall. Nowadays, this French magnificent architecture stills function as the busiest post office of Ho Chi Minh. This 130-year-old post office is a taste of living history in the downtown Saigon. Vietnam travel packages
Notre Dame Cathedral.
Reaching a height of 58 meters into the skyline, this iconic city landmark includes the striking all-red brick outside walls (which were directly imported from Marseille, France), stained glass windows, twin bell towers containing six bronze bells that still ring to this day, and a peaceful garden setting in a quiet contemplation corner of bustling downtown Saigon. This ancient cathedral acts as a must-see attraction for people who seek for a religious look and a charming beauty.
Cu Chi Tunnels
About 70 km northwest of Saigon, Cu Chi Tunnels is a defense system in the ground in Cu Chi District, Saigon. Built in 1940s with simple tools and bare hands, this approximately 200 km long system is “ an underground village”, a shelter, an ambulance place, a meeting place and an arsenal of thousand Vietnam soldiers during the Vietnam war( 1954- 1975). These stifling tunnels are thoroughly beyond human imagination. Just visit under a tunnel passage, you will understand why the little Vietnam could win a big country and the world’s richest like America and France. National Geographic TV channel voted for Cu Chi Tunnels as one of the greatest man-made underground tunnels system.
There seems to be an endless list of historical destinations with a nearly 300 year olds Saigon. Being an encounter with both traditional and modern beauty, Ho Chi Minh is an ideal destination of interest for every generation with different characters. Discover fascinating history in one of Asia’s most exciting cities will be an unforgettable travel experience.