Ho Chi Minh's Chinatown

Playing important role in history and culture, Ho Chi Minh City’s Cholon is Vietnam’s largest Chinatown with roots dating back to 1778.

Ho Chi Minh city's chinatown was established by Hoa community. In the past, Chinese minorities hid here from the Tay Son. After that, they had to reconstruct the area twice following attack with as many as 70% estimated to have died when trying to escape on boats. Those who survived settled and began selling many Chinese products. During the Vietnam War, Cholon was a thriving black market for US soldiers trading in American Army issue supplies.

Nowadays, the Chinatown is a famous site for those on the tourist trail and also attracts a lot of Taiwanese and Chinese travellers. Cholon is an interesting place to see classical Chinese architecture reminiscent of years gone by with plenty of Chinese restaurants.

Binh Tay market situates at the centre which is busy, crowded and messy with small aisles selling all manner of items. This market sometimes disappoints travellers when comparing with other markets in Ho Chi Minh city as the products are not that varied. However, the main attraction to Cholon is not to shop but to enjoy the authentic Chinese atmosphere that has existed here for hundreds of years. It’s a wonderful place to experience at night.

 

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Ho Chi Minh city's chinatown (Cho Lon) Highlights

The crowded Binh Tay Market is the most attraction in Chinatown and offers whatever tourist can think of, from fresh produce to Vietnamese goods and especially goods with a Chinese flavour.

Famous temples in this area comprise Thien Hau Temple on Nguyen Trai Street and Quan Am Temple, on Lao Tu Street. Both feature interesting Chinese-Buddhist style architecture and interiors with pagodas, courtyards, altars and paintings. Moreover, Chinatown is also home to the Cholon Mosque on Nguyen Trai Street and Cha Tam, a small Catholic cathedral on Duong Hoc Lac Street.

Location: District 5, Ho Chi Minh city.

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