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Visiting a 150-year-old Pink Church in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Visiting a 150-year-old Pink Church in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Lying peacefully in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for more than one century, Tan Dinh Church has been a convergence point for not only Catholic pilgrims to practice their religious belief but also for tourists from far and wide who come to admire the imposing French-influenced architecture and find some peace for their soul. 

Image: Vietnam Net Bridge/Jerry Vo
Tan Dinh Church, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Image: Vietnam Net Bridge/Jerry Vo

Its history may be traced back to the French colonial time when construction of the church started in 1870 and was completed in 1876.  The nearly-150-year-old church was built in Gothic architecture featuring Roman-style designs.     

Tan Dinh Church, better known as Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, was painted with the vibrant pink color for both the exterior and interior of the cathedral, making it more special amidst the heart of the modern city and drawing huge attention of passers-by and those from abroad.

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Tan Dinh Church, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Image: Historic Vietnam

Taking a stroll around the busy Hai Ba Trung Street inHo Chi Minh City’s District 3, it comes as no surprise that everyday hundreds of local youths and foreign tourists, regardless of their religions, are gathered at one of the oldest and most striking churches of the city to visit and pose for photos. 

Many local youths and foreign tourists come to visit the church and pose for photos everyday.

Image: Vietnam Net Bridge/Jerry Vo
Tan Dinh Church, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Image: Vietnam Net Bridge/Jerry Vo

Although Tan Dinh Church has undergone several restorations and repairs after more than one century of existence, the sacred site has still preserved its original architecture and remained a common home for parishioners despite the fast social and economic changes of the city over the years. 

Image: Vietnam Net Bridge/Jerry Vo
Tan Dinh Church, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Image: Vietnam Net Bridge/Jerry Vo

Tan Dinh Church is located at 289 Hai Ba Trung Street in District 3, HCMC and in just a short walk from Tan Dinh Market, which has existed for around nearly 100 years and housed a food court and thousands of stalls selling groceries, clothing, footwear, fruits and textiles.

The church has existed for nearly 150 years and is regarded as the city’s second largest church after the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in District 1.

 

 

Source : Vietnam Net Bridge

Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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