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Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral or officially named as Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception is a big cathedral located in the heart of Saigon, Vietnam. The cathedral was built in between 1863 and 1880. The building has two signature tower bell which reach the height of 58 metres. The cathedral is the main cathedral in the city of Saigon. The mass inside the cathedral is held in English and Vietnamese usually on Sunday at 9.30 am.
An Exciting Tour in Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral was built in between 1862 and 1880. The cathedral was basically built in the Romaneque architecture with most of the things in the building were taken from France. The cathedral is dominated with red color bricks which were taken from Marseille. The cathedral also has two tower with the height of 58 meters as the bell tower. The interior design of the cathedral was made to accomodates around 1.200 people. The main altar in the cathedral was made from marble. One thing that you can do inside the cathedral if you are not join the mass is looking at the impressive stained glasses with beautiful pictures of events and people in the Catholic history.
The statue that was standing in front of the cathedral used to be not the Our Lady in Peace statue. It was originally the statue of diocesan Pigneau de Behaine who spent his life for the Catholicism in Vietnam. In 1945, the statue was removed by the citizens who are againts French's colonization. The Vietnamese priest decided to change the statue into the Our Lady in Peace statue. The statue of Our Lady in Peace was made from marble. In 2005, some people who were hanging out near the statue said that they witnessed the statue shed some tears and it was enough to make the traffic there become a mess at that time.
If you are a Catholic, then it is recommended for you to join the mass in Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. The mass in Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral is held in English and Vietnam language. Usually, the mass will be held on Sunday at 9.30 am and in 5.30 am, 6.30 am. 7.30 am, 9.30 am, 4 pm, 5.15 pm, and 6.30 pm on Sunday. Not only that you can join the mass, you can also come to the cathedral on Catholic big days such as Christmas to celebrate the day with the western atmosphere. Another thing to do, you can also take some pictures with the cathedral as the background.
How to Get Tickets?
If you are planning to go to Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, you don't need to prepare any money for the entrance tickets simply because the cathedral did not charge any tickets. However, if you are visiting the cathedral by car, make sure that you bring cash money to pay for the parking tickets.
How To Get Around?
To get around Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral it is best to go by foot because you will have both indoor and outdoor tour and you will also get to move to another place in a fast pace.
What Should I Wear?
To have some tour around Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, there is no fixed dress code that you need to follow. However, you need to always cover your arms and your knees. Also, wear a comfortable shoes so that you can walk around the complex in comfort.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral is when the weather is not too hot and perfect to enjoy the sunset, between 3 pm to 6 pm. Saigon Cathedral is open every day at the mass time.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, you don't need any guide and all the detail information for your tour is available on this site.
How To Get There?
If you are planning to visit Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, it is recommended to go there by car or taxi. It will take around 20 minutes of driving from the center of Ho Chi Minh city via Cộng Hòa. It is also recommended to go there by bus. You just need to make sure when and where the bus will depart. If you are taking a bus, the tour will take around 45 minutes.
From June 2017, Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral is still on renovation which is expected to be finished in June 2020. Visitors are not allowed to enter the cathedral. Only Catholic believers who wants to join the mass are allowed.