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Ho Chi Minh City, also known by its former name of Saigon, is the most populous city in Vietnam with a population of 8.4 million as of 2017. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vietnam that is filled with gorgeous architecture and a wealth of culture. Ho Chi Minh City is also the financial centre of Vietnam.
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Key Facts & Information
- Ho Chi Minh City has seen many name changes in its history.
- Originally called Prey Nokor (“Forest City”) or Preah Reach Nokor (“Royal City”), it was a small fishing village of the Khmer people.
- When the Vietnamese took away the area, they named it Gia Dinh.
- Under French rule from 1862, it became known as Saigon.
- At the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, the city was renamed after the communist government’s first leader, Ho Chi Minh.
- Today, it is known internationally as Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC).
- Saigon was originally part of the kingdom of Cambodia and, until the 17th century, was a small port town known as Prey Nokor.
- As more and more settlers moved south, it was absorbed by Vietnam and became the base for the Nguyen Lords.
- Saigon was captured by the French in 1859, and named the capital of Cochinchina a few years later. The city served as the capital of the Republic of Vietnam from 1956 until 1975, when it fell to advancing North Vietnamese forces and was renamed Ho Chi Minh City by the Hanoi government.
- The city has a tropical climate. The year is divided into two distinct seasons.
- The rainy season, with an average rainfall of about 1,800 millimetres annually and usually lasts from May to November.
- The dry season lasts from December to April. The average temperature is 28 °C, with little variation throughout the year, while while the highest temperature recorded was 40 °C.
- The three most prevalent religions in Ho Chi Minh City are Mahayana Buddhism with Taoism and Confucianism, which are often celebrated together in the same temple.
- Most Vietnamese and Han Chinese are strongly influenced by these traditional religious practices.
- Part of the cuisine from central Vietnam, banh beo (“water fern cake”) are small round discs of rice flour, formed to look like lily flower pads, topped with crunchy pork rinds and toasted shrimp powder and served with fish sauce.
- Banh canh noodles are Vietnam’s version of udon, a thicker noodle that can be made with either tapioca flour, rice flour, or a combination of the two. The cua in this soup is crab, and the result is a viscous crab soup with thick noodles.
- Banh tam bi are tapioca noodles that look like silkworms, and are coated with a thick coconut sauce, pickled vegetables, a pork meatball, some pork sausage, and more.
PLACE TO VISIT
- Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, officially Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception, is a cathedral located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
- It has two bell towers, reaching a height of 190 feet.
- All the original building materials were imported from France. and there are 56 glass squares supplied by the Lorin firm of Chartres.
- Cu Chi Tunnel is a 75-mile long complex that has been preserved by the government of Vietnam, and turned into a war memorial park with two different tunnel display sites, Ben Dinh and Ben Duoc.
- The War Remnants Museum is a sobering and unforgettable museum which details the effects of the 30 year long war between America and Vietnam.
- There are immaculately preserved tanks, planes, and other war machines in the outside grounds.
- Ben Thanh Market is a large marketplace in central Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam. The market is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and an important symbol of Ho Chi Minh City, popular with tourists seeking local handicrafts, textiles, áo dài and souvenirs, as well as local cuisine.
Ho Chi Minh Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the Ho Chi Minh across 20 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Ho Chi Minh worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Ho Chi Minh City, also known by its former name of Saigon, which is the most populous city in Vietnam with a population of 8.4 million as of 2017. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vietnam that is filled with gorgeous architecture and a wealth of culture. Ho Chi Minh City is also the financial centre of Vietnam.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Ho Chi Minh Facts
- History Timeline
- Saigon Facts
- Information Complete
- Famous Food
- Notre Dame Cathedral
- Ho Chi Minh Places
- Best Words
- True or False
- Saigon Collage
- My Research
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