Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica in Vietnam

Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica was built by the colonial French during the period of from 1863 to 1880. This construction is believed as one of the most popular destinations and attracts a lot of visitors from all over the world while visiting Ho Chi Minh City. The cathedral is famous for its history, architecture as well as the spirituality. It is situated in the central district of this city, District 1, and is close to the Saigon Post Office along with the Reunification Palace. Now, this article will introduce you about the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Saigon and Opening hours so that you can learn more about this wonderful work.

Notre-dame Cathedral

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Located in the busy modern city, the cathedral makes a strong impression on tourists by the red bricks covering it. All the materials came from France and moreover, this work was designed as the French style. For example, the red bricks were imported from Marseille and they are still the same color as in the past, the fresh orange-red.

Looking at the cathedral, there are two bell towers which are the same and 58 meters in height. There are 6 bronze bells in each tower and they remain ring today. Two bell towers were added after the cathedral had been built, and the value of the construction also increases. While visiting the work, let’s go around it and enjoy the unique architecture as well as its fresh color.

  • Opening hours: from 5.30a.m to 5.30p.m every day
  • Address: 1 Cong Xa Paris, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Mass times at Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica

Based on the introduction about the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Saigon and Opening hours, you can arrange your time to visit it reasonably. The cathedral has two gates: the sided gate and the main gate. The sided gate is opened every day and welcomes the tourists to pay a visit.


The main gate is just used during Sunday Mass. A lot of tourists, even people living in this city, do not know the time of mass at the cathedral in order to come to take part in. This post will give you this information.

The mass happens at 5:30a.m along with 17:00pm from Monday till Saturday. Especially, on Sundays, there are much more periods for you: 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 9:30 in the morning and 4:00, 5:15, 6:30 in the afternoon. The mass on Sundays will be in both languages: Vietnamese and English. This is one of the most interesting experiences you should have. When coming to participate in the mass, remember to dress suitably and you should not disturb the followers praying.

Around the Cathedral

After the mass, let’s go around the cathedral and enjoy the wonderful things. There is a small square in front of the cathedral. Here is a good place for you to take photos of the construction along with the local wedding. There is Virgin Mary statue standing here. In 2005, people believe that this statue shed tears.

Notre-Dame Cathedral lies on the special location and is close to other famous destinations, such as: the Ho Chi Minh City Post Office, the Independence Palace, the book street. The Independence Palace is the best choice for those who want to get the knowledge of the history of Saigon during the wartime.

The palace attracts the tourists not only by its architecture but also the events which happened here. Beside, Ho Chi Minh City Post Office is also considered as the important signal of this busy city. It is designed in the combination of the European style and Asian style. On the doors or the ceiling of the Post Office, there are a great number of curved domes which are very large.

Is there anything else? Yes, there are the 30-4 Park next to the Notre-Dame and the Diamond Plaza. A lot of travelers come here, have a cup of coffee, and enjoy the atmosphere as well as the view of the busy streets. The price for one cup of coffee is just about 8,000 to 10,000VND (0,4-0,5USD). In addition, you also have the chance to try the street food here. The street food is known as the particular culture of this city.

About the author: Ana Do is one of the most famous American journalists working as an editor in the Times. Also, she is a fan of travel. She has been spending many years on visiting a lot of wonderful places all over the world. And Ho Chi Minh City is one of them.

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