The concierge team at InterContinental Residences Saigon is always on hand to help you discover the many layers of Ho Chi Minh City. Make lasting memories as you explore the city’s rich colonial past, lively mix of cultures and colourful local events.
Notre Dame Cathedral was designed by a French architect and built in 1877. The prayer services are held in two languages, please see our concierge to arrange a visit. Sitting beside the cathedral's architecture is Gustave Eiffel's Saigon Central Post Office which was built from 1886 to 1891. This is the largest of Vietnam’s post offices, and the building is spacious, with many visitors commenting that it reminds them of a train station.
Formerly known as the fashionable Rue Catinat during the French era, Dong Khoi Street is possibly the best street for a stroll in town. This street has included some of the best preserved of the fast-disappearing French-style buildings, with the Opera House a standout among these. Dong Khoi is steeped in history, built by the French in 1865, this was where foreign reporters congregated during the American war.
The History Museum was built between 1926 and 1929 in a gorgeous Chinese–style building. The complex houses a collection of 17,000 artefacts tracing the evolution of Viet Nam’s culture, from the Bronze Age Dong Son civilisation and the Oc Eo civilization to the Chams, Khmers and Vietnamese.
Ben Thanh Market was built in January 1913 and went into operation in March 1914. It was named Ben Thanh as, in the past, it was built by the riverside (Ben) and backed by a fortress (Thanh). Covering 13,062 square metres, the market has nearly 2,000 stalls and counters with a great number of diversified goods for sale.
Built in 1964 and completed in 1971 under the joint design of architects Nguyen Ba Lang, Le Tan Chuyen and Co Van Hau, the pagoda has a modern style in an attempt to create a broad appearance while still remaining loyal to the Vietnamese cultural nature in terms of architecture. In the middle of the roof is the shape of the Dharmachakra instead of the moon-shaped wheel as usually seen at different Vietnamese ancient pagodas.
Cholon is the predominantly Chinese District of Saigon. Cholon exists in many ways as a city quite apart from Saigon. The Chinese began to settle the area in the early 1890s but never quite assimilated with the rest of Saigon. A bustling commercial centre, Cholon is a fascinating maze of temples, restaurants, jade ornaments, and medicine shops. For visits, please contact our concierge.
Constructed in the early 20th century by a French architect, this three-storey building was the family mansion of a Chinese-born businessman named Hua Bon Hoa, one of the wealthiest traders in Vietnam in the colonial time. The building was converted into Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts in 1987. The museum features Vietnamese art works in a collection of paintings, sculptures and ceramics from both ancient and modern styles.
Reunification Palace, formerly Independence Palace, is one of the city's most recognisable landmarks. It was designed by architect Ngo Viet Thu as the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War and the site of the official handover of power during the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, when a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its gates, marking the symbolic end to the war.
Constructed in the early 20th century by the famous French architecture Gustave Eiffel, this building is one of the iconic graces of Saigon. Inside the building, there are two famous painted maps that have been there since the first day including Saigon and its environment in 1892, and Telegraphic lines of Southern Vietnam and Cambodia, giving guests a historical touch of colonial time.