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24h step back in time with the museum in Saigon

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If there is a day when you want to "slow down" in Saigon, do not hesitate to make a list to visit the museums from old to newly opened here. Surely, you will have a very different perspective on this "sleepless city" with interesting experiences.

Bright - Ancient museums in the heart of the city


8am: HCMC Fine Arts Museum


The most impressive point for visitors when coming here is the harmonious combination of Asian and European features boldly imprinted in the architectural imprint of 3 buildings:


Building 1: Displaying modern art works

Building 2: Themed collections

Building 3: Displaying ancient and modern art artifacts


Building No. 1 attracts more tourists. Here displays 1 of 7 paintings of national treasures - the lacquer painting Trung Nam Bac Spring Garden by artist Nguyen Gia Tri (this masterpiece is valued at about 240 billion VND).



In addition to valuable artworks, Building No. 1 is also a favorite photo spot of young people thanks to its mansion-like design, self-contained, creating a courtyard and skylight in the middle. The whole mansion has 99 large and small doors, each with a different architectural style, and many beautiful spiral staircases. This place also houses the first elevator in Saigon, made of wood, inside the decoration, carved like a palanquin.


Address: 97A, Pho Duc Chinh, District 1

Contents 21,000 artifacts recreate the fine arts of the region in particular and of Vietnam in general.

Ticket price: 30,000 VND/time, students – students 15,000 VND. If you bring a camera, the surcharge is 300,000 VND.

Opening hours: 8h-17h daily

Beautiful photo angle at the museum: 2nd floor balcony, stairs, stained glass windows on the main corridor ...


10am: Ho Chi Minh City Museum HCM


It is just over 1km from Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum, so you can completely walk to get here. The museum has the same architectural style combining Eurasia, but this place exudes classic beauty - renaissance with the main color gamut is white - black - gray.



In addition to the indoor showrooms, the HCMC Museum also displays a number of aircraft, vehicles, weapons on the outside. After visiting the 2 floors, you should not miss the secret cellar located under the museum. The entrance is located at both ends of the corridor, about 2 m high, barely fit for one person.


Address: 65 Ly Tu Trong Street, District 1

Contents The process of formation and development of Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City in terms of geography, administration, economy, culture – society and revolutionary movements here.

Ticket price: 30,000 VND/time; students 15,000 VND; free students. A surcharge of VND 20,000 when bringing a camera. Wedding photography 400,000 VND/crew

Opening hours: 7h30 – 17h daily

Beautiful photo spots at the museum: Corridors, art staircases covered in the color of time, next to the balcony overlooking Bitexco building under the blue sky.


Afternoon – Vietnam Ao Dai Museum


About 25km from Ho Chi Minh City Museum, Vietnam Ao Dai Museum is one of the first two private museums in Saigon, newly opened in 2014. This place is far from the center, the space is up to 16,000 m2, you should spend the afternoon wandering to learn.



Ao Dai Museum brings the architecture of ancient Vietnamese houses with cool yin-yang tile roofs, beautiful small wooden bridges, quiet marinas, echoing nguyet tea, five elements temple ... next to the yellow 2-storey building simulating Hoi An ancient town shining by the water.


Not only can you enjoy looking at the costumes, but you also experience the process of creating a dress from design, cutting, painting ... to completion. It's also the perfect place to take photos with traditional costumes brought or rented right here.


Address: 206/19/30 Long Thuan Street, Long Phuoc Ward, District 9.

Contents Vietnamese Ao Dai through each period, associated with famous figures.

Ticket price: 100,000 VND, students 30,000 VND, free for children under 6 years old and people over 70 years old.

Opening hours: 8h30 – 17h30 daily

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