Cholon is the largest China town in Vietnam, is an area which is home to Chinese people in Saigon. There are lots of things to do in Cholon. We usually call it “Phố người Hoa” – the street of the Chinese. Cholon was settled by the ethnic Chinese around 1990 and has become the largest Chinese community in the country with population of over a half of million.
China Town is a place the Chinese live in. They have everything for Chinese people: Chinese herbs, Chinese foods, Chinese pagodas, Chinese churchs… Binh Tay market – one of the biggest and oldest wholesale market in Saigon and Thien Hau temple or Cha Tam church shouldn’t be missed when exploring Cholon. Tourists prefer buying at Binh Tay market because the vendors don’t pester buyers as much as they do at other markets.
China Town is not only famous for tourist attractions, it’s also unique for Chinese local business. Cholon is special for ancient houses and Chinese signs everywhere. You can listen to a Chinese vendor talk to customers in Vietnamese and talk to his family in Chinese. The Chinese’s culture is so close with Vietnam’s culture, but still have something attractive differences. In China town, there is Triệu Quang Phục scissors street where Chinese locals make their living by sharpening knives and scissors. You can easily watch skillful craftsmen doing their work right on the pavements. Hải Thượng Lãn Ông street is full of herbal medicine stores. Lương Nhữ Học street is famous for colorful lantern with many shapes and unicorn which is used in Unicorn dances. The street is especially splendid and covered by new coat with thousands of lanterns on Tết trung thu (Full Moon Festival). It’s crowded with locals walking and buying lanterns or just taking photos.
Lantern street – Luong Nhu Hoc street in Cholon area – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Located in the garden of Cha Tam church, the Maria is worshiped in a Chinese style house
The gate of Cha Tam church, where the name of the church was written in Chinese
If you would like to discover China Town please go with us: Saigon sightseeing and local street food tour is trying to making lantern by yourself and you will have unforgettable memories. Don’t miss it!
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