images of Ho Chi Minh City (formely Saigon):
(left) Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee Building (with the statue of
Ho Chi Ming in the front);
(middle) a view of the city at night; (right) Ben Thanh Market.
The workshop will be held at the
International University, Ho Chi Ming City
(Vietnam). International University (IU) is one of six member
universities of Vietnam National University HCMC. It was established in
December 2003. As an interdisciplinary university, it is the first
public university in Vietnam that uses English as the primary language
in teaching and researching.
More information about the
International University, Ho Chi Ming City is available here.
city: Ho Chi Minh City (formely Saigon)
In the core of the Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City (formely Saigon) - the "Paris of the East" -
is the economical and financial capital of Vietnam. It is the largest
city (population over 7 million) and the previous capital of the
republic of Vietnam. It is also one of the most beautiful and
glamorously developing towns of Vietnam. The city with its bustling
street markets, cafes, shops, pagodas and museums offers a microcosmic
view of the entire nation.
Getting the city:
If you arrive from abroad, your usual
arrival point is the Tan Son Nhat
international airport, located 7 km away from the heart of the
city is the main gateway for flights arriving from the rest of the
Places to Visit:
Ho Chi Minh City's stunning
displays of French colonial architecture and exquisitely carved and
paneled traditional pagodas is what it is known for. Today, Ho Chi Minh
City is the big tourism center in Vietnam, attracting a large of
visitors to the country. Ho Chi Minh City has various attractions as Ho
Chi Minh Museum, formerly known as Dragon House Wharf, Cu Chi Tunnels,
a lot of museums, theatres, cultural houses... Recently, many tourist
areas are invested such as Thanh Da, Binh Quoi Village, Dam Sen Park,
Saigon Water Park, Suoi Tien, Ky Hoa..., which draw numerous tourists.
In short, Ho Chi Minh City
has a lot of interesting historical and war museums which all tourists
to this city should definitely visit. They include:
Historical Museum: Located inside the renowned botanical garden
of the city, this museum has a rich collection of data and objects
belonging to some ancient civilizations in the Mekong Delta namely Oc
Eo (Funan). The Botanical garden remains open to the visitors daily.
The live puppet show held in the museum complex is a major source
enjoyment to the tourists visiting the Historical Museum
Museum: The weapons and information on the recent wars of
Vietnam are kept in this museum. The museum displays the war crimes,
which affected the Vietnamese. The models preserved in the museum can
give you an idea of the most dreadful prisons and the most deadly
weapons used by foreign forces in Vietnam. It also features a
guillotine used during wartime.
Dame Cathedral: The famous church, which was constructed during
1877 and 1833 by the French, serves as the nation's Catholic center.
The history of the church says that the materials used in its
construction were imported from France. The Archbishop of the Ho Chi
Minh City is posted here. Catholic followers of the city attend the
services offered in the morning and in the afternoon. The New Year and
Christmas celebrations of the Notre Dame Cathedral draw a huge crowd.
Lam Pagoda: Erected long back in 1744 with the fund raised by Ly
Thuy Long, a native of Minh Huong village, this is the city's oldest
Buddhist pagoda. The interior of this famous pagoda is adorned with a
rich collection of statues of old Buddha and Arhat. Ancient furnishings
and decorations inside this pagoda are enough to charm the visitors.
Palace: Once residence of the Governor Generals of Indochina,
the Reunification Palace, in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, has a
spacious complex with 100 rooms and total area exceeding 2,000 square
meter. Its finest decorations and the rich collection of contemporary
Vietnamese art and craft, make it one of the most popular tourist
destinations in the city.
Hau Temple: According to the Chinese folk, this site is devoted
to the Sea goddess bas. Other gods like Money God, Mother Goddess and
Mermaid are also worshipped in this ancient Chinese temple. To offer
prayer for good health and business you have to buy an incense coil. It
is a common belief that offering money to the Money God brings good
luck in business.
Town - Cho Lon: It is a densely populated town with almost 5
million Chinese. The Chinese, uprooted from the Ming Dynasty,
established the China town in the 18th century. Filled with markets,
restaurants, pagodas, shops and family factories, it is one of the most
crowded places in the Ho Chi Minh City.
Mekong river at Ho Chi
Vinh Nghiem Pagoda.
As most of the tourist
attractions in the city are centrally located the best way to get the
essence of this vibrant city is to walk or ride around in a cycle.
Alternatively you can opt for the
sightseeing tours in Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City. Different travel
agencies offer a variety of tour packages for trips in and around the
Saigon Ho Chi Minh City.
The climate is generally hot and humid. There are two distinctive
seasons: the rainy season, from May to November, and the dry season,
from December to April. The annual average temperature is 270C. The
hottest month is April and the lowest is December. It is warm all year.
Many centuries ago, Saigon was already a busy commercial center.
Merchants from China, Japan and many European countries would sail
upstream the Saigon River to reach the islet of Pho, a trading center.
In the year of 1874, Cho Lon merged with Saigon, forming the largest
city in the Indochina. It had been many times celebrated as the Pearl
of the Far East. After the reunification of the country, the 6th
National Assembly in its meeting of the 2nd of July, 1976, has
officially rebaptized Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City. The history of city
relates closely with the struggle for the independence and freedom of
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