Cho Lon, literally means 'big market', is the historic Chinatown mainly covered at Saigon's District 5 and several adjoining neighbourhoods such as District 6, 8 and 11. The area attracts tourists with its special character, cultural heritage and food combine. Come to visit with tour student Vietnam.
Post date: 24-04-2017
Learn the history of Chinatown in Saigon with student tour Vietnam
Dating back to 1778, the Hoa people (Chinese minority of Vietnam) living in Bien Hoa had to take refuge in this quarter and incorporate as a large community in 1879. Chinatown used to be a city in itself until it was merged with Sai Gon in the 1930’s. Tran Hung Dao street has been considered the main artery of Chinatown, serving as a "reception road" welcoming visitors to the town. Along this crowded street, there are many people passing by and many Chinese style shops.
Visit the places of worship in Chinatown with student tour Vietnam
Many temples and clubhouses are old and have been an attraction for generations of visitors to study an interesting Chinese-Buddhist style architecture. There are many ancient temple located in Chinatown, the most famous place is the 250 year old Lady Thien Hou temple (God of the Sea). On the Lady Thien Hou's birthday, which falls on the 23rd day of the third month in the lunar calendar, visitors can see rounds of incense carrying pieces of paper with the names of worshippers. Also the temple honoring Guan Kung, a Chinese figure well known for his loyalty and nobility, many visitors who are business people go there to seek Mr.Guan's support for remaining strong in business. Chinatown is also home to the Cho Lon Mosque on Nguyen Trai street and the historic Cha Tam church on Hoc Lac street.
Place of worship – student tour Vietnam
Market in Chinatown – student tour Vietnam
The Binh Tay market at the centre is busy, crowded and messy with small aisles selling all manner of goods. This famous market was built more than 70 years ago, which is located on Thap Muoi street. Binh Tay market was believed to be established by Hui Bon Hoa, a Chinese man well known for his prosperity. Chinatown also attracts tourists due to its traditional medical herbs street, which was officially located on Hai Thuong Lan Ong street. Passing along this street, people can smell the strong odors of different types of medicinal herbs coming from traditional pharmacies
Binh Tay market – student tour Vietnam
Enjoy Chinese style food with student tour Vietnam
Chinatown attracts visitors not only through its unique cultural characteristics, but also with Chinese style food. The area selling sui cao (ravioli soup) on Ha Ton Quyen street (near Tran Quy street) is patronized by Chinese customers every night. Also attracting scores of eaters are the Dan Ich fish hotpot eatery and the Dong Nguyen chicken rice restaurant on Chau Van Liem street, or the Dai Gia Lac rice restaurant on An Duong Vuong street. An older eatery and providing cheaper stewed foods such as pigs' stomachs and tongues, tofu and salted vegetables is the Hanh Nguyen rice and soup shop on Hung Vuong street. Not in District 5, the restaurant at 66 Le Dai Hanh street selling hu tieu mi (noodles with seasoned and sauce pork or beef) is patronized by many Chinese people from District 5 – the restaurant remains crowded at midnight. Whenever visiting Dai The Gioi water park, people can cross the street to enter a small alley to enjoy bun ca ri vit (curried rice vermicelli and duck meat). The house selling the food, located on Tran Phu street. Those who prefer sweet food can go to Ha Ky, a shop selling sweetened porridge and stewed nuts and beans, on Chau Van Liem street./.
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