After gobbling down a banana that I have nicked from the breakfast buffet earlier today, I headed out to the streets of HCM, which were filled with motorcycles and more motorcycles
I walked passed the Municipal theatre , a French colonial structured built in 1897
I was actually feeling kinda hungry when I saw a girl who was coming from the opposite direction and Yeahhh..she was carrying a basket of foodstuff . I pointed to a ‘ham chin peng’ lookalike thingy and asked her ‘how much ?’ , girl rummage her pockets and took out a 5,000Dong note to show to me. OK, I got it. Pic below : a half eaten ~RM1 Vietnamese ham chin peng
Came to the Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral (Notre-Dame Basillica) , this was constructed between 1863 and 1880. The two bell towers reach up to a height of more than 58 meters
I had a chance to take a peek inside the cathedral – a service was taking place
I had wanted to sit on the pew and soak in the solemn atmosphere, but I didn’t know the correct way to cross myself and hence didn’t get passed the little wooden gate to join the service
Meanwhile, back in the open, the General Post Office is located just beside the cathedral. I have been inside this building during previous trips and it was rather impressive looking. Trivia : what does the GPO has in common with the Eiffel Tower ? This GPO was built based on the design specification of French architect Gustave Eiffel. Now you know.
After that, I walked towards Ben Tharn market…I have brought enough of lacquer wares before, so it was just look see look see time la. And before I know it, the sky was turning dark and sections of the market are closed ( closes at 6pm) – which is when the night market will start, along the side of Ben Tharn market .
One of the food stalls with many many cooks
My dinner : fried transparent vermicelli with chicken meat ( which was very peppery)