Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) is famous for the diversity in a cultural combination of different ethnics. Some areas have been established for a couple of centuries, & despite the developed modern world, they still keep their historical aspects reflected in many ways of life. And Cho Lon - the largest Chinatown in Vietphái mạnh - is one of the oldest, busiest và most authentic towns for those who are looking for another side of Ho Chi Minc Cityin casual daily life.

A Brief History of Cho Lon


The Chinese immigration khổng lồ Saigon began a very long time ago. There are many sources recorded differently the time Chinese people first arrived in Saigon and established Cho Lon (or called Tai Ngon in Cantonese). It was believed that in 1679, some traders from China had already come & started their business in this area. However, it was not until the early 1770s when a small community of Chinese ran away from a Vietphái mạnh civil war in Pho Islet (Cu Lao Pho) khổng lồ this place that the area was officially formed & became crowded.

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Many men at that time were rich from their business at Cho Lon. They did many types of business mostly trading & built many architectures which have become famous attractions of the thành phố today lượt thích the Fine Arts Museum & Binch Tay Market. Another interesting fact not very well-known to lớn many people is that Cho Lon used to be a separate city from Saigon. It was due to the urbanization from 1930 khổng lồ 1950 that a part of the old Cho Lon and Saigon were gradually merged.

Cultural Attractions in Cho Lon

The area of Cho Lon town covers District 5, District 10, District 11 và District 6. Cho Lon today is not only famous for its flourished trade but also a huge tourist spot thanks khổng lồ many historical and cultural attractions. Even though having been residing in Vietnam for several centuries, the culture of Chinese people ("nguoi Hoa" in Vietnamese) in Cho Lon still lasts after many generations, and there is no sign of diminishing. The Chinese community built schools, pagodas, và markets which created huge impacts on Saigon’s economy & culture.


Cho Lon is well-known by many old temples in District 5 và District 10 which are typical of Chinese style architecture, such as Thien Hau Temple on Nguyen Trai Street, Nhi Phu Temple on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street, & Quan Am Pagoda on Lao Tu Street. Cho Lon is also trang chính khổng lồ other religions like Islam và Catholicism that are still practiced in worship places such as Cho Lon Mosque on Nguyen Trai Street & Jean d’Arc Church on Hung Vuong Street. Besides, another place you must see in Cho Lon is the Filớn Museum on Hoang Du Khuong Street. It is a museum displaying several kinds of old Chinese & Vietnamese medicine.

Cuisines in Cho Lon


The Chinese are famous for their cooking skills which makes beautiful, savory, and delectable dishes. There are plenty of restaurants in Chinatown that last through the decades và still reserve their own secret recipes. You can easily find these dishes both in local restaurants và on the streets like roasted duck, noodles, dumplings and many kinds of desserts, especially in District 5.

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It is not hard to notice that the cuisines of Chinese people are always full of colors và nutritious at the same time. Even though they also prefer rice as their main staple like Vietnamese, they cannot go without the soup và noodles in every meal. The noodle that you find in Cho Lon has many different types, not only with beef lượt thích Pho. You can try the spicy noodle at Quang Ky on Trieu Quang Phuc Street or Phieu Ky on Nguyen An Street.

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There are also several local restaurants with a wonderful combination of traditional Chinese & Vietnamese food, such as Pho Le (Noodle with beef) in District 5, Com Tam Tu Map (Broken rice) in District 10, & Bun Cha Ho Guom (District 5). Besides, because the main population follows Buddhism, Chineses residents also have several vegetarian dishes using vegetables và tofu.

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Shopping and Other Activities in Cho Lon


With Binc Tay Market at its heart, Cho Lon is where you can find goods with low prices in many wholesale and retail shops. Common items are usually silk, lantern, clothes with woven textiles, và tropical fruits from Mekong Delta. You can have sầu a walk around the Chinatown while enjoying street foods và the sound of the surrounding crowd.


Cho Lon is also a trading center, besides the local wet markets, there are also wholesales markets of steel, chemical products as well as textiles and sewing material (Dai Quang Minh & Dong Khanh hao Trading Centers) as well as shopping malls (Parkson Hung Vuong, Garden Mall, & An Dong Plaza). You can vì some clothes shopping at these centers or go to lớn the cinemas & arcades in the malls for leisure.

At night, there are also some exotic bars, pubs with local beer for tourists that you may try like Lang nuong Nam Bo (BBQ) on To Hien Thanh hao Street, Quan Con Co (beer restaurant) on Tran Binch Trong Street, and Hongkong Kungfu Noodle Khai Ky on Ha Ton Quyen Street.

Summary on Cho Lon: Chinatown in Ho Chi Minh City

Cho Lon or Chinatown in Ho Chi Minh City is the harmonized mixture between Vietnamese & Chinese culture. It is lit up by traditional values & long history.

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