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Cho Quan Church in Ho Chi Minh City

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Most people know of the Notre Dame Cathedral - arguably the most famous church in Ho Chi Minh City. Surprisingly, Notre Dame Cathedral is not the most ancient one in the city. In fact, Cho Quan Church is the most ancient church in Ho Chi Minh City and is located in Chinatown.  A Brief History of the Church In the 1700s, a large numbe...

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Folk Religion in Vietnam - Vietnamese Gods

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Folk religion in Vietnam is a long-established Vietnamese religion that reflects the locals' life in the past and their beliefs in supernatural forces applied in daily life events. Therefore, this indigenous religion usually creates unique ethnic customs and becomes an indispensable part when it comes of Vietnamese traditions. Promoting human and n...

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The Lotus Symbol in Vietnamese Culture

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The lotus is an iconic flower of purity and appears in many ancient Asian cultures. This is a kind of special flower that people love and idolize, especially in Buddhist culture. The lotus symbol in Vietnam is the icon of Vietnamese characters and has interesting meanings in various aspects such as culture, arts, and foods.  Check out our priv...

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Vietnamese Family Meals - North, Central, South

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Family meals are the soul of Vietnamese culture, and they are regarded as something spiritual and so sacred to a country with over 4,000 years of history. Whatever kind of food, the family members always feel a cozy and respectful atmosphere when joining a meal. Meals help to connect people and show the best values. Wherever we get homesick, w...

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Four Mythical Creatures in the Vietnamese Culture

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Four mythical creatures "Tu Linh", which are called Long – Lan – Quy – Phung, are four sacred animals representing the tremendous power of the universe. They are believed to be created from the four main elements including earth, water, fire, and air. Their symbols can often be found in Vietnamese sculptures in pagodas, temples, cemeteries, and loc...

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How to Make Incense

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Incense has been invented and used for a very long time, about 6,000 years ago, yet the types of incense have varied widely since then and the process of making it remains very simple. Incense Alterations There are many ways to categorize incense, based on its smells, shapes, or ingredients. In this article, incense will be divided into two main ty...

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Cho Lon: Chinatown in Ho Chi Minh City

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Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) is famous for its diversity in a cultural combination of different ethnicities. Some areas have been established for a couple of centuries, and despite the developed modern world, they still keep their historical aspects reflected in many ways of life. And Cho Lon - the largest Chinatown in Vietnam - is one of the oldest, ...

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Saigon Pagodas: Jade Emperor Pagoda

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If you travel to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), besides some historical attractions such as Independence Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office, and War Remnants Museum that we highly suggest you should come and visit, there are other exciting local places which we ensure you would want to see. Some of these are old temples and pagoda...

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The Best Temples and Pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City

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Visiting religious sites like temples and pagodas has become an important part of Vietnam travel and is usually included in many Ho Chi Minh City tours. This guide will list out a few of the best temples and pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City where you can study Vietnamese religions and admire these beautiful and sacred architectures. District 1 Jade...

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Vietnamese Clothing: Ao Ba Ba

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What is “ao ba ba”? When you first hear the word, you may find it seems weird to you since this is a Vietnamese word with no proper translation. Ao ba ba is a traditional Vietnamese garment that has become symbolic of the culture, elegance, and beauty of women in the Southern countryside. This Vietnamese clothing could surprise you with its un...

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What to Know about the Vietnamese Culture

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If Vietnamese hospitality has always been fascinating to you, you should make a trip to Vietnam and study the culture here because there is more to discover. Read our guide on what to know about Vietnamese culture and learn more about the beliefs, customs, and family values in this amazing country. A Brief Look at the Vietnamese Culture Vietnam is ...

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50 Fun Facts about Vietnam

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If you have a chance to visit Vietnam with natural treasures, amazing cuisine, and surprises to discover, spending some time exploring for yourself the beauty from the furthest north to the furthest south of this gorgeous country will leave you with many unforgettable memories. Let’s learn some interesting and even weird facts about Vietnam, includ...

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Traditional Vietnamese Musical Instruments

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Each of the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam has their own musical instruments, inherited from their ancestors, reflecting their life, rituals, and living environment. It is believed that there are hundreds of Vietnamese musical instruments; some are similar to one another, while some stand out to be known worldwide. In this article, we can only list ou...

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What You Should Know Before Getting Tattoos in Vietnam

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Tattoos have been a stigma, a taboo in many cultures, especially in Asian countries where they would often be associated with mafias and bad people. However, the world has changed, and so has Vietnam. These days, along with the booming popularity of tattooing internationally, tattooing in Vietnam is flourishing as well.Now, the obvious choices in V...

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Vietnamese People: the Different Ethnicity in Vietnam

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From the early ages, Vietnamese kids have been told the folktale about Lac Long Quan and Au Co. They had one hundred children and each of them took fifty sons and daughters to different places in our nation and nurtured them. According to this tale, Vietnamese all have the same origin, and we are all brothers and sisters, which makes us have some s...

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Vietnam Ghost Month

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The seventh month in the lunar calendar is a busy time for many Vietnamese since there are two big festivals, the ghost festival, and Vu Lan - a Buddhist event. In fact, these two big days both happen on the 15th of the month. In this guide, we will focus on giving details into Vietnam ghost month. Vietnam Ghost Month When is Vietnam Ghost Month? V...

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Learn Vietnamese Greetings

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The first impression is always important, especially to the older Vietnamese generation; there is even a saying “Lời chào cao hơn mâm cỗ”, which means the greetings are more meaningful and valued than having a feast (a good meal is considered really important in Vietnamese culture). If you want to speak and greet like a local, learn some Vietnamese...

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A Guide to the Vietnamese Conical Hat

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Beautiful craft works could be an interesting and unique souvenir from your trip to Vietnam. The Vietnamese conical hat is an iconic image that reminds people of the farmers working on the golden paddy fields or Vietnamese girls wearing the traditional dress, ao dai, strolling down the streets. The hat has been an item that evolves with Vietnamese ...

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How Much Lucky Money to Give in Vietnam

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Giving lucky money is regarded as one of the most interesting cultural practices in Vietnam. It has become an integral part of the Tet holiday and is still being well preserved from generation to generation. The Origin of Lucky Money in Vietnam Giving lucky money was a custom originated from China. Years ago, there was a couple who were over 50 yea...

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Traditional Vietnamese Sports

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Vietnam may have appeared to you like a traditional country in terms of clothes (Ao Dai), cuisine (Pho), or architecture (Imperial City of Hue). However, Vietnam is also a country with a wide range of traditional sports which benefit both the players' physical and mental health such as human chess, dragon dance, etc. This blog will take you through...

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