The native culture of Vietnam is considered one of the oldest in Southeast Asia but the subsequent conquests by the Chinese and the French have left their mark. Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism are the primary religions practiced in the country. Food in Ho Chi Minh varies from region to region but noodles and noodle soup is a recurring theme.
The Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater
Water puppetry in Vietnam can be traced back to the 11th century and the puppets used are made from wood before being treated with lacquer. The shows are performed in a pool of water and most of the themes have to do with Vietnamese folklore and are a fine example of the rich culture in Ho Chi Minh.
Timing: Shows are usually held between 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm
The Touch of Masters’ Hands: The Vietnamese Authentic Cultural Show
This show depicting Ho Chi Minh culture is a combination of music, dance, and theatre that successfully holds the audience captive throughout. It also involves the audience and leaves an indelible impression on those watching. Tea and refreshments are provided during the show.
Municipal Theatre (Saigon Opera House)
Making an impressive outline against the sky of Ho Chi Minh City,the Municipal Theatre has an oval auditorium with seating for a little over 450 people. It was built in 1898 and the acoustics inside the theatre are pretty good. It is also a designated national relic.
Timing: Shows usually begin at 6 pm or 8 pm
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Cuc Gach Quan Restaurant
A former French colonial house has been turned into a quaint little restaurant which gives the term ‘dining out’ a whole new meaning. The rustic décor and the authentic Vietnamese cuisine served here are sure to take you back in time.
Timing:9.00 am to 11.00 pm
Lam Son Square at Night
Situated in the heart of the city, the square is in proximity to the major attractions, shops, and restaurants. A great place to take a leisurely stroll as you drink in the sights and sounds all around. Grab a bite to eat and watch as the square gets brightly illuminated as after the sun sets!
Timing: All day, but after dusk to catch the glittering lights.
Ho Chi Minh Food Experience: Vietnamese Cooking Class and Market Tour
Go shopping for vegetables and other ingredients at Ben Thanh Market and learn to create delicious Vietnamese dishes specific to the Saigon region. A master chef will guide you on how to conjure up an appetizer, salad or soup, main course, and dessert during this time.
Timing: Lasts about five hours
These are just some of the instances of art in Ho Chi Minh that are sure to appeal to your senses. There are many more such culture tours in Ho Chi Minh in store for you if you just look hard enough.
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