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The 600m long Dong Khoi Street belongs to Ben Nghe Ward, District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City. It was once called by names such as Street 16, Catinat Street or Tu Do Street, and was officially called Dong Khoi after 1975. Together with Le Loi and Nguyen Hue streets, these are the three most expensive streets in Ho Chi Minh City.

I - Interesting places to visit on Dong Khoi Street

At night, the scenery here becomes more shimmering and fanciful as this road seems to reveal all its inherent haughtiness under the colorful lights. You can start from Paris Commune Square and go along Dong Khoi to visit and shop at the following places:

1 - Notre Dame Cathedral

Built in 1986 to serve the needs of celebrating Mass for Catholics after the French colonialists captured Saigon, this cathedral is now considered a symbol of Saigon. Possessing an architecture that combines modified Roman and Gothic styles, Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral is divided into 2 main spaces, with the inside being a cathedral with a capacity of 1200 people. 


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Notre Dame Cathedral - the best place to visit in the Dong Khoi Street area - Source: @cafe_tur

Meanwhile, the external architectural space has 2 bell towers containing 6 bells: 4 on the right tower and 2 on the left tower. The clock set attached to the front of the church was made in 1887 in Switzerland, weighing more than 1 ton. The front campus is shaped like a cross with four roads intersecting right in the middle, where the marble statue of Our Lady of Peace, 4.6m high and 8 tons in weight.

- Address: No.1, Cong Xa Paris, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.

- Opening hours: 6am - 8pm

2 - Sai Gon Center Post Office - top places to visit on Dong Khoi Street

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Saigon Central Post Office - Source: VnExpress 

Saigon Central Post Office is one of the outstanding works of Saigon, with its typical and distinctive architecture of European style combined with Asian features. The overall exterior is highly symmetrical, in the middle is a prominent clock and to the sides are rectangular panels engraved with the names of the inventors of the electricity and telegraph industry. 

Inside is the roof system and doorways built according to the dome architecture, and the two sides of the building are skillfully and meticulously depicted with a historical map of Saigon. You can freely buy souvenirs about Saigon and Vietnam at souvenir shops along the building corridor.

- Address: No.2, Paris Commune Square, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.

- Opening hours: 8am - 5pm

3 - Vincom Center Dong Khoi in the Dong Khoi Street area

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Vincom Dong Khoi - Source: Vincom

In addition to visiting unique architectural works, you can also check out Vincom Dong Khoi, the building with 3 entrances facing three busy streets: Dong Khoi, Le Thanh Ton and Ly Tu Trong. Vincom Dong Khoi owns the first energy-saving green architecture in Vietnam, which is an evaluation criterion for the world's leading architectural works. 

This is also the place to gather 250 domestic and international fashion brands such as: Karen Millen, Coast, Runway, Sisley, BCBG, Mango… Not only that, you can also enjoy many attractive dishes with flavors of many regions and countries, along with a rich chain of cafes creating a unique attraction for Vincom Dong Khoi.

- Address: No.72 Le Thanh Ton Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1 - about some meters from Dong Khoi Street Ho Chi Minh City 

- Opening hours: 10am - 9:30pm

4 - Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee Building

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City People's Committee Building - Source: Wikipedia

As one of the outstanding architectural works in Ho Chi Minh City, the City People's Committee building is the highlight of the downtown area. The building has a 30m wide front that fully converges the typical architecture of the French Third Republic (1870-1940) such as bell tower, Greek pillars, garlands, badges and sophisticated decorations. 

Prominent in the middle is a special embossed statue of a woman and a child taming wild beasts, while on the two sides are two embossed architectures of a woman holding a mirror, symbolizing the colonization of France. In terms of interior decoration, there are not many works that can match the meticulousness and diversity, the combination of architecture and painting of this building near Dong Khoi Street Saigon.

- Address: No.86 Le Thanh Ton Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1

- Opening hours: 7:30am - 5pm on weekdays

5 - Saigon Opera House

With a long lifespan, Saigon Opera House is not only a place for art performances and major events, but also considered a prominent tourist attraction of Ho Chi Minh City.

The theater was built with white stone blocks and arched arches, along with a system of doorways with raised railings designed with bold French classical architecture. The front door of the opera house is strongly influenced by the art of the Petit Palais Museum, which appeared in the same year in France. 


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Saigon Opera House in the Dong Khoi Street District 1 Ho Chi Minh City - Source: Guide Vietnam

The theater consists of a ground floor and two floors with a capacity of up to 1800 seats, modernly designed with full equipment for sound and light. If you want to watch any show in the theater or just check out the interior, you can buy tickets at the HBSO box office in the theater or via the websites https://ticketbox.vn/hbso

- Ticket price:

+ Special stage: 150,000 - 900,000 VND / ticket ($6.6 - 39.55)

+ Regular stage: 80,000 - 650,000 VND / ticket ($3.5 - 28.57)

- Address: No.7 Lam Son Square, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1

- Opening hours:

+ Weekdays: 9am - 4:30pm

+ Weekends: 9am - 12pm

II - Top best hotels in Dong Khoi Street Saigon

There are many high-quality hotels in this street, suitable for business travellers and even budget-minded travellers. 

1 - Majestic Saigon

As one of the famous hotels in Ho Chi Minh City with a long history, Majestic Saigon Hotel is a 5-star standard with a capacity of more than 500 rooms. The hotel has been the place to welcome many famous figures as well as the royal family such as: French President Mitterrand, Japanese Crown Prince Akishino, Singapore Prime Minister, Danish Crown Prince Henrik...

- Address: No.1 Dong Khoi Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1

- Room rate: 1,300,000 - 3,300,000 / night ($57.13 - 145)

- Hotline: 028 3829 5517

- Website: http://majesticsaigon.com/

2 - Sheraton Saigon

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Sheraton Saigon - Source: Marriott

Sheraton Saigon Hotel is a 5-star international standard hotel with 470 spacious rooms uniquely designed with full equipment and high-class amenities - an ideal paradise for you to visit, entertain or relax.

- Address: No.88 Dong Khoi Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1 

- Room rate: From 2,250,000 - 3,100,000 VND / night ($98.88 - 136.23)

- Hotline: 028 3827 2828

- Website: https://vn.sheratonsaigon.com/

3 - Palace Saigon

Palace Saigon Hotel is recognized as a 4-star international standard hotel with 144 rooms along with useful amenities, providing a cozy family atmosphere for your stay.

- Address: No.66 Nguyen Hue Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1

- Room rate: From 850,000 - 4,650,000 VND / night ($37.35 - 204.35)

- Hotline: 028 3824 4231

- Website: http://www.palacesaigon.com/

4 - Caravelle Saigon - top Dong Khoi Street hotels 

As the leading 5-star international standard hotel, Caravelle Saigon Hotel has become a place to organize meetings, intimate meetings, and luxurious prom parties. At the same time, this is also a witness to many historical, cultural and political events of international stature in Ho Chi Minh City.

- Address: No.19-23 Lam Son Square, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1

- Room rate: 1,800,000 - 15,100,000 / night ($79.1 - 663.6)

- Hotline: 028 3823 4999

- Website: https://www.caravellehotel.com/en/home-en/

III - Dong Khoi Street restaurants that are worth a try

1 - Jumbo seafood

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Jumbo seafood - Source: CafeBiz

Known as a famous brand in Singapore, Jumbo Seafood on Dong Khoi Street is a 5-star restaurant with elaborately prepared and flavorful seafood dishes. The special dish here is the famous chili crab dish, along with dishes with Singapore's unique spices such as fried red tilapia with Nonya sauce, scallops wrapped in taro, fried morning glory with Sambal sauce.

- Address: No.2 Dong Khoi Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1

- Price: 100,000 - 1,500,000 VND / dish ($4.4 - $66)

- Hotline: 028 3823 9796

- Website: https://www.jumboseafood.com.sg/en/dong-khoi-vietnam

2 - Dynasty House

Coming to Dynasty House restaurant, you will experience the menu consisting of Hotpot and Dimsum with rich Hong Kong flavor. Hong Kong hot pot with fresh, healthy ingredients and freshly cooked broth regularly, while Dimsum is handmade with many flavors, sure to make you feel satisfied.

- Address: No.2-4-6, Little Saigon Building, Dong Khoi Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1

- Price: 39,000 - 2,990,000 VND / dish ($1.69 - $129.64)

- Hotline: 028 3535 1666

- Website: https://dynastyhouse.com.vn/

3 - The Dome Dining & Drinks

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The Dome Dining & Drinks - Source: Tripadvisor

With its luxurious European style, The Dome Dining & Drink brings you the ultimate culinary experience in a magnificent space. The dishes are made from high quality ingredients such as premium Australian Wagyu beef, a unique European menu with ingredients imported from Italy, France, Norway,....

- Address: No.2 Dong Khoi Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1

- Price: 55,000 - 1,099,000 VND / dish ($2.42 - 48.3)

- Hotline: 028 3535 2535

- Website: https://thedome.com.vn/

4 - Moo Beef Steak

Moo Beef Steak Restaurant specializes in serving Texas-style steaks in a luxurious space, with an extremely attractive food and drink menu with steaks.

- Address: No.44 Dong Khoi Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1

- Price: 80,000 - 250,000 VND / dish ($3.52 - 11)

- Hotline: 097 682 7178

- Website: https://vi-vn.facebook.com/MooBeefSteak/

As a road with a prime location in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Khoi Street District 1 is where you can easily find interesting tourist attractions. Hopefully through this article you will have another option to choose when you have the opportunity to visit Ho Chi Minh City.

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