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Private Tour

Temples of Cholon

Step into the classic temples of Cholon to see the religious past of HCMC’s own Chinatown
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Things to know

Duration:

3 hrs

Suitable for:

Couples, Cruise Passengers, Family, Friends

Private Tour:

You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive

Tickets included:

No tickets are required for this tour

Type of tour:

Walking tour – no transport costs are included. Your guide will help you get around on the day.

Other inclusions:

Free concierge service if you need any advice
Meeting points: On the corner of Hai Thuong Lan Ong and Phung Hung

What makes this tour special

·        Greet Ong Bon in his pagoda
·        Meet a Buddhist goddess of mercy in the Quan Âm Pagoda
·        Learn about a very special Chinese girl in the Thien Hau Pagoda
·        Appreciate the importance of fertility in the Tam Son Hoi Quan Pagoda

Down in Cholon are some of Ho Chi Minh City’s most impressive religious sites. A reminder of Ho Chi Minh City’s former, and current, status as a trading hub, the temples are the result of a Chinese community from the south and coastal areas which settled itself in the city during the 18th century. Go around them, with your own personal guide, to see its vibrant syncretism. 

Jollity and Mercy

Walking into the Ong Bon Pagoda, which is dedicated to the eponymous guardian, your guide will take through the Taoist shrine to see Ong Ban himself. It can be difficult to miss him, as the statue occupies a key spot in the room, is surrounded by LED lights and is 1.5m tall. Even so, it is still easy to understand why people appeal to him when you see the image of an old man with a kind face and long beard. 

Not far is the Quan Âm Pagoda. Named for a deity who – according to their full name – listens to every cry in the world, it is a colourful space where both the interiors and exteriors are richly decorated in this very Chinese-style temple.

Mazu plus Children

The Taoist Thien Hau Pagoda is the type of place that it is difficult to replicate away from Vietnam. With a weathered appearance and maritime theme abounding, not to mention the dozens of incense coils (some of which have a diameter of over a meter) dangling from the ceiling in front of the altar, it is a great place to learn about Mazuism. A little-known faith, unrecognised officially in China and Vietnam. It celebrates a Chinese girl who saved her family during a typhoon by displaying spiritual powers. It is often syncretised with both Buddhism and Taoism, meaning labels can be tricky, but your guide will be happy to talk about it in more detail during your visit. 

You will also step inside the Tam Son Hoi Quan Pagoda; a temple that is less well-known than its neighbours but is an excellent place to witness the power of belief as you see people give offerings. A temple built in the 19th century for the fertility goddess Me Sanh, many of the worshippers who pray in front of the altar at the back of the temple are women seeking children. If you have any questions about how Me Sanh got her status, or the goddess’ role in daily life, then don’t forget to ask your guide!  

What you'll see

Thien Hau Pagoda
Chinese temple dedicated to the sea goddess Mazu
Tam Son Hoi Quan Pagoda
Temple devoted to the fertility goddess Me Sanh, where women seeking children like to pray
Quan Âm Pagoda
Buddhist temple which includes altars to the Jade Emperor and Mazu
Ong Bon Pagoda
Stuffed temple dedicated to Ong Ban, the guardian of happiness and prosperity

FAQ

QWill there be other people on the tour or is it just us?
AAll of our tours are 100% private and exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.

Your tour will be completely tailored to your needs and we will make sure to find a guide that best suits your group.
QAre entrance tickets and transport included in the cost of the tour?
AIn the ‘Things to Know’ section at the top of this page you will find details of whatever entrance tickets and transport are included in the tour. If you have any questions about this, then you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to <hello@touriocity.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWhat is your cancellation policy?
AOn tours cancelled more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a full refund - minus a 5% credit card fee and the cost of any tickets that have been purchased.

For tours cancelled less than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are unfortunately unable to offer refunds. If you would like to reschedule a tour, this is usually possible if we are given enough notice, but we cannot guarantee the same guide.

Changes made to bookings may be subject to rebooking fees to cover the cost of tickets purchased, transport, guide rescheduling and administration.

To cancel or change your booking, please contact us at <hello@touriocity.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWho do I contact if I have any questions about this tour or if I want to make changes to my tour?
AAt Touriocity, we provide a free concierge service to help you plan your time abroad and they will be able to answer any questions you may have about this tour or any other tours. We are normally able to customise or personalise tours to suit your needs.

Please do get in touch by either using the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, sending an email to <hello@tourioicity.com> or calling 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QAm I able to book more than one tour?
AAbsolutely, you can book as many tours as you like! You can add them to your cart by clicking the ‘Book Now’ button or you can get in touch and we can put together an itinerary for you. To get in touch, you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to <hello@touriocity.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).

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