Tour of Ho Chi Minh City: photos of the markets and pagodas
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) there are pagodas and temples dedicated to
several religions, above all Taoist and Buddhist which are actively
attended by believers belonging to different local communities, who
pray and burn incense. Walking in the markets of Ho Chi Minh City,
through the stalls where the locals buy and sell every kind of stuff,
it is a unique experience... that can not be transmitted at all only
through images, as you should "taste" all the most unusual smells that
you can breathe among the stalls.
In Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) there are many temples and pagodas: this is Ngoc Hoang pagoda, also known as Jade Emperor Temple or Fuhai monastery. Built over a century ago, it saw the changing of the Buddhist religion with the Taoist, and is attended by many believers.
The outside hall of the temple house many turtles which are borough here by the believers, as symbol of long life.
The Ngoc Hoang temple is attended by many believers who pray and burn incense.
The believers pray in the Ngoc Hoang temple, in front of the statue representing the different deities.
The tour in Ho Chi Minh City continues with a visit to the big market in the district of Cholon (Binh Tay market). The wide inner courtyard houses a memorial dedicated to the founder of the market, a Chinese business man who died the last century. Here people remember him burning incense.
In the market every kind of stuff is sold: the spaces are occupied by things of any kind which often prevents the simultaneous transit of two people in the narrow aisles among stalls.
Many stalls in the Binh Tay market, in the Cholon district in the Ho Chi Minh City, are dedicate to clothing.
Other stalls are dedicated to food products and in these photos you can see different varieties of rice, each with its own price.
The dried fish section is particularly interesting, but in addition to the images it would be useful a technology able to transmit even the strongest and the most absurd smells that stink up the whole area around these stalls.
Sacks full of orange shrimps can be found on stalls together with various species of dried fish.
Ho Chi Minh City photo: the Thien Hau pagoda. This Chinese pagoda was built in 19th century and is dedicated to Tian Hou, the Lady of the Sea. The site is primarily a place of pilgrimage for Chinese people living in the various local communities.
The believers write down their prayers on violet sheets of paper, which are later displayed in the inner hall of the temple.
The believers burn incense either in the form of the classic stick or in the form of large spirals hanging from the ceiling, where in each spiral a violet paper containing the text of the prayer is stuck.
Inside the Thien Hau temple, behind the altar, a statue represents the deity Tian Hau to whom the temple is dedicated
The tour in Ho Chi Minh City ends with a visit to Ben Thanh market,also called, the "market of fakes" as there a great variety of counterfeit products of the most famous brands in the world.
The market of fakes includes also some stalls with food products, where you can find also shells and shellfish.
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English translation by Lorena Anzani.