The face of Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City is a colorful picture. Each color that we introduce to you at old buildings has a unique and unmistakable interesting feature. All blend together to create a beautiful heritage color picture.
The Ho Chi Minh City Museum is an ideal space for the lovers of classical photography with a touch of elegance and mystery. The building is built in the classical European style, but the tile roof has Asian features. Every detail of the museum is very sophisticated and highly aesthetic like a complete, balanced and harmonious work of art. Outside the building, the straight columns of classical Greek and Roman styles are designed in parallel, which is one of the highlights to create a dignified and quiet feeling. The inside of the building is covered in white with a bit of gray, there is a long corridor with a cinematic atmosphere, the balusters on the railing are all clear, dreamy window frames to luxurious classical staircase handrails combined with large Gothic domes with bold Western look. Soft light here is moderated thanks to a system of frosted glass windows and a series of evenly arched doors. When the sunset shines on, the shadow of the stairs shines down on the glossy brick floor, creating a very romantic and poetic image. All elements of dim light, pure white color, and slow rhythm have created a poetic, calm space but mixed with a little melancholy and mystery.
Address: No. 65, Ly Tu Trong Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.
Opening time (from Monday to Sunday and public holidays): 7:30 - 17:00.
The Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum is also a popular place for lovers of classical photography. The golden building located in the heart of the city is built in Neoclassical and Art-Déco architectural styles. Western-style details must be mentioned such as the arched door frame of the Baroque architecture, the delicately decorated Doric and Ionic columnar orders. The interior of the museum arranges antique objects with various materials to achieve a perfect aesthetic. The most distinctive feature is the dark brown old wooden elevator in the main hall, which is delicately carved with an iridescent mother of pearl. Like a cathedral, the large glass windows in the building are painted with bright, beautiful floral patterns with a bit of mystery. The wooden handrail of the spiral staircase between the floors combined with the artistic wrought iron railing adds nobility to the space inside the building. Each lobby and room is paved with a type of cement tile with different sophisticated decorative patterns, only all the stairs are paved with high-class marble, which is very impressive and unique.
Address: No. 97A, Pho Duc Chinh Street, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1.
Opening hours (from Monday to Sunday): 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Botanical Garden is a lively space about a green and diverse ecosystem that has existed for more than 150 years in the heart of the city. Inside the zoo, there are countless places and all kinds of fascinating natural scenery for you to freely take pictures and check-in. Old-fashioned animal cages, fountains, small bridges or shady trees on both sides are "great material" for your footage, sharp photos on a sunny weekend. The ideal place is the classical orchid and cactus garden located to the far left of the main stage area. The quiet garden is separate with hundreds of rare orchid species arranged on both sides of a small moss-covered path. Outside, thousands of verdant trees, bougainvillea flowers, and yellow walls covered with green vines will serve as the main background for your interesting nature-themed photos, embellished with ancient features hidden on each architectural work here.
Address: No. 2, Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.
Opening time (from Monday to Sunday and public holidays): 7:00 - 18:30.
Ha Chuong Society's premises worship the goddess of the sea with unique Fujian architectural style, possessing unique ancient stone sculpture masterpieces. The most beautiful part is the slope of the hammock-shaped roof and the curved edge of the knife, like a boat floating in the sea, looking for a new place to settle down. On the roof, there are many clusters of statues of dragons, phoenixes, people, fairies and flowers made of very vivid and sophisticated porcelain. Along with On Lang Society's premises, the art decoration both inside and outside Ha Chuong Society's premises is filled with bright red colors as the main highlight. The red color represents the surname and the era name of a king of the Ming Dynasty (China) revered by the Fujian Chinese community in the Cho Lon area. Inside the most beautiful assembly hall are two pairs of monolithic stone columns carved with dragons bending around the columns, carrying fairies and peonies on their backs. Standing from Cam Cam cafe located on the 2nd floor of an old apartment building at 806/5e Nguyen Trai, District 5, you can enjoy a special herbal coffee while looking at and taking clear pictures of the roof. The red tile of the adjacent Ha Chuong Society's premises.
Address: No. 802, Nguyen Trai Street, Ward 14, District 5.
Opening hours (from Monday to Sunday): 9:00 - 16:00.
Tan Dinh Church or the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the top place visited by tourists and photography and check-in lovers when they arrive in the city. The church is a blend of Gothic and Roman architectural styles, adding a bit of Baroque in the decorative lines. From a distance, the church appears like a fairy castle covered in brilliant pink that stands out against the blue sky in the middle of the bustling city. In addition to standing in the church yard for "hunting photos", you can choose to sit at Cong Ca cafe (274 Hai Ba Trung, District 1) opposite the church,while sipping a cup of fragrant coconut coffee while watching the church, capturing many new and unique camera angles.
Address: No. 289, Hai Ba Trung Street, Ward 8, District 3.
Giac Lam Pagoda, also known as Son Can and Cam Dem, is the oldest temple in the city. The temple was built by Mr. Ly Thuy Long, a Chinese native of Minh Huong, in 1744 and has undergone many restorations to date. Stepping into the landscape of Giac Lam pagoda campus, you will have the opportunity to admire with your own eyes the image of an ancient temple typical of the Southern region. The architecture of trusses, columns, walls and decorative art and the system of antiquities outside and inside the temple are mainly made of many precious woods with simple and rustic brown color. All are preserved almost intact to this day. Bringing the most perfect aesthetic value are the ancient statues in the main hall dating from the 17th - 18th centuries with the system of intricately carved paintings, The horizontal lacquered board and couplets. The themes of these works convey the wish for peace and the motto of living an elegant life through images of apricot flowers, orchids, bamboo trees, gourds, unicorns, cranes, ... often seen in the shaping of Southern folk art.. In addition, another special feature at Giac Lam pagoda is the space of Buu tower’s Xa Loi garden. This place is located in the ancient stupas to worship the founders of the temple and monks with merit to the Dharma. The towers are hidden, quiet under the green and peaceful old trees.
Address: No. 565 (old number 118), Lac Long Quan Street, Ward 10, Tan Binh District.
Opening hours (Monday to Sunday): 7:00 – 12:00 and 13:30 – 21:00.
“Stepping into the landscape of Giac Lam pagoda campus, you will have the opportunity to admire with your own eyes the image of an ancient temple typical of the Southern region.”