Ho Chi Minh City named among world’s culture destinations for 2019

By Bao Ngoc   December 16, 2018 | 10:37 am GMT+7

Travel website Culture Trip has released a new listing of best places for a culture trip, and it includes Ho Chi Minh City.

Editors of the U.K. website have picked 12 destinations as the best to visit for a culture experience.

HCMC is in fourth spot in the list, which says the city boasts "a buzzing cultural scene" and is affordable to travel to.

Visitors to the city should try wandering around the city’s maze of alleys and looking for street cuisine and public art, it recommends.

It suggests a destination off the beaten track, Lang Ong – Ba Chieu (also known as the Tomb of Le Van Duyet) as one of the worthwhile places for a visit.

The temple is situated at 1 Vu Tung Street, Binh Thanh District, and worships Le Van Duyet (1764-1832), a general under the Nguyen Dynasty, the last to rule Vietnam.

Le Van Duyet temple in Ho Chi Minh City with ancient and traditional architect. Photo by Shutterstock/xuanhuongho

Le Van Duyet temple in Ho Chi Minh City with ancient and traditional architect. Photo by Shutterstock/xuanhuongho

The selection of the list has been done based on users’ organic views about cities on the culture trip site and apps as well as data from a survey on 300 contributors in the website's global network. All the information was reviewed by the site’s editorial board to devise the list of destinations.

The others in the list include Austin (U.S.), Porto (Portugal), Oxaca City (Mexico), Cape Town (South Africa), Lima (Peru), Tokyo (Japan), Istanbul (Turkey), Budapest (Hungary), Marrakech (Morocco), Bogota (Colombia), and Wellington (New Zealand).

The Saigon General Post Office, one of the historical landmarks in the city. Photo by VnEpxress/Phong Vinh 

The Saigon Central Post Office, one of the historical and cultural landmarks in the city. Photo by VnEpxress/Phong Vinh 

HCMC, formerly Saigon, is the largest city in Vietnam and recently welcomed its seven millionth foreign visitor of the year.

This represents a 20 percent increase from last year. Nest year the city expects to welcome 8.5 million visitors.

 
 
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