Ho Chi Minh City
In the core of the Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City , formerly known
as Saigon , is second the most important in Vietnam after Hanoi
. It is not only a commercial center but also a scientific, technological,
industrial and tourist center. The city is bathed by many rivers,
arroyos and canals, the biggest river being the Saigon River . The
Port of Saigon , established in 1862, is accessible to ships weighing
up to 30,000 tons, a rare advantage for an inland river port.
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 Vietnam .
Today, Ho Chi Minh City is the big tourism center in Vietnam , attracting
a large of visitors to Vietnam . Ho Chi Minh City has various attractions
as Ho Chi Minh Museum, formerly known as Dragon House Wharf , Cu
Chi Tunnels, system 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.
Despite its quite recent past, Ho Chi Minh City
nevertheless possesses various beautiful buildings, displaying a
characteristic combination of Vietnamese, Chinese and European cultures.
These include Nha Rong ( Dragon House Wharf
), Quoc To Temple (National Ancestors' Temple ), Xa Tay (Municipal
Office), Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre as well as many pagodas and
churches (Vinh Nghiem, Giac Vien, Giac Lam, Phung Son pagodas...).
After more than 300 years of development, Ho Chi
Minh City presents many ancient architectural constructions, famous
vestiges and renowned sights. It is remarkable for its harmonious
blending of traditional national values with northern and western
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