Cha Tam Church

A footnote to the war

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What we say: 2.5 stars

This pastel-yellow and white, slender church is worth combining with a trip to Cholon as it had a small but important role to play in Vietnam's wartime history.

Following a coup on November 1, 1963, President Ngo Dinh Diem and his brother fled their palace through a tunnel network and eventually sought safety here.

They spent the night within the church's grounds and the following morning were captured by coup loyalists. En route to military headquarters, both Diem and his brother were murdered. Diem was subsequently buried in an unmarked grave not far from the US ambassador's residence.

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25 Hoc Lac St, District 5
Opening Hours: Daily 09:00-18:00
Last updated: 18th February, 2012

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