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Chinatowns flourish in many cities around the world. Vietnam also has a significant ethnic Chinese population, known as Hoa people, most of whom live in Cholon – Saigon’s Chinatown.

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Saigon’s Chinatown is the Cholon district which has been a stronghold for the Chinese-Vietnamese community since the late 1770s. Similar to other Chinatowns in the world, Cholon is the place where the majority of ethnically Chinese, or are descended from ethically Chinese people, live.

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Street in Cholon - Saigon

Cholon is a huge area situated in District 5 on the western ngân hàng of the Saigon River; bordered by Hung Vuong to the north, Nguyen Van Cu to lớn the east, the Ben Nghe Chanel lớn the south, and Nguyen Thi Nho lớn the west.The name Cholon means "Big Market", in Chinese it is called Tai-Ngon which means embankment, but this name is hardly used by anyone else.Its rich Chinese heritage gives it a feel of a đô thị within a city, in fact,Cholon used to lớn be a city itself until it was merged with Saigon.

Cholon helps lớn bond the entire Chinese community living in Southern Vietnam giới. It is hard to believe but this place is even more chaotic than downtown Saigon. Cholon is a bustling phối of old and new things, filled with temples, traditional shops, và markets as well as cool stores & cafes. The architecture is a fusion of Chinese tradition & French flair. Like a Russian doll, one elaborate roof begets another, smaller, while colonial France has dibs on the color scheme. The streets are narrow and maze-lượt thích, as with many densely populated, rapidly built, and re-built areas. Quite different to lớn other districts, its congested streets và alleys are a great place to lớn spover a few days wandering around. Its bi-lingual signs, special foods, ancient pagodas, & chất lượng blkết thúc of culture give sầu Cholon a very distinct feel & charm that local Vietnamese even find quite novel when they visit.

History of China Town

Ethnic Chinese have been moving khổng lồ Vietnam for centuries. In the late 18th century, Chinese refugees took shelter here from the Tay Son forces, due to lớn the support of the Nguyen Dynasty. It was given đô thị status in 1865. By the 1930s, it had expanded to lớn the thành phố limit of Saigon. Bachồng in the old days, the place where Chinatown now sits was regarded as the city’s center of commerce, in comparison with District 1 – the center of administration nowadays. As urban spread enveloped the twin cities there were amalgamated into one city called Saigon-Cholon. Since 1956 “Cholon” was dropped from the name and Saigon became the accepted title. During the Vietnam War, many American soldiers & some deserters ran a thriving blaông xã market here. While many Chinese left after the war, the area still retains it Chinese heritage.

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Walking around Cholon, it is also not difficult to spot traditional Chinese practices like shrines khổng lồ earth gods outside homes, shops, và most obviously of all, Mandarin pop songs blasted from home entertainment systems. While many Buddhist pagodas in Vietphái mạnh take their styling cues from Chinese designs, those in Cholon are particularly special. They are the embodiment of Chinese cultural life as traditional religious & cultural events continue to lớn be celebrated và commemorated.

Binc Tay Market

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Binc Tay Market

While there are many markets within Cholon, Binch Tay is the central market – the largest và distribution hub for all things food and clothes in the area. Binh Tay Market is also one of the major markets in Saigon. It is quite similar khổng lồ Saigon’s Ben Tkhô cứng Market, but it caters more towards local Vietnamese & Chinese shoppers, and less lớn tourists, so it has fewer souvenirs và more local Vietnamese products. You will find everything you can imagine within the market.

Lady Thien Hau Pagoda

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Lady Thien Hau Pagoda

The Lady Thien Hau Pagoda, one of the oldest temples of the Chinese community in Ho Chi Minc City, is located at 710 Nguyen Trai Street, District 5. It was built by a group of Chinese immigrants from Guangzhou in around 1760. It is dedicated to Lady Thien Hau, the Lady of the Sea. You will be impressed by the porcelain figurines that decorate the roof. Look at the details we may find many interesting things like the wedding custom và clothes in Đài Loan Trung Quốc in the late 19th century, or famous characters from "Travel to lớn the West", or these demons probably related to lớn the story about the Justice, the Hell, or the battle of General Guan Yu from the famous epic story "Three Kingdoms", or simply the scene from the routine life khổng lồ the royal life in China at that time, or the Eight Immortals from Chinese mythology, etc.

QuanAm Pagodomain authority (On Lang Pagoda)

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Quan Am Pagoda

Quan Am Pagodomain authority is located on a tiny street, carefully hides in between small streets & food stalls. Founded in the early 19th century, the pagoda is named after the Goddess of Mercy. It is much smaller than the other temples you may find around town, and it has an almost cozy atmosphere. It is also one of the most colorful temples you could have seen!Fantastic lacquer representations of guardian spirits can be found at the entrance và superb ceramic scenes decorate the roof, depicting figures from traditional Chinese tales.

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Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda

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Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda

Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda is one of the oldest temples in Saigon, located at 678 Nguyen Trai Street. This pagodomain authority was built in the 19th century by the Chaozhou Chinese population. It is dedicated to Guan Yu (also known as Quan Cong), a deified general who lived during the late Eastern Han Dynasty. The pagoda is noteworthy for its gilded woodwork: a carved wooden boat hangs over the entrance & lớn the left is a large representation of Quan Cong"s horse and groom.

Cholon has retained its Chinese identity & is a thriving hub of commerce và retail endeavor. All aspects of traditional Chinese culture have sầu been preserved & it presents a truly amazing glimpse into lớn a different world. The Chinese Vietnamese community is an indispensable part of Saigon cultural features. So when you are in Saigon, try khổng lồ include Cholon in your tour around the city. It might be the start of something special!