Photo: Burning incense at a Cholon pagoda.

Cho Quan Church

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Cho Quan Church, located off a busy intersection in Saigon’s Cholon district, is one of the oldest and largest churches in Ho Chi Minh City.


Photo of Cho Quan Church

While the existing church, built by one Father Nicolas Ham who is now buried under the foundation, is more than a century old, it was built on the site of two earlier churches destroyed in wars—with the original being constructed in 1720.

The current church has been repeatedly upgraded and much of its turn-of-the-century charm has gone with it and its neon lit Jesus Crucifix.

The proper upkeep does have an upside though as Cho Quan Church is one of the only churches in the city that allows guests into its tower, which offers great views over the surrounding district.


Cho Quan Church

120 Tran Binh Trong, District 5
Open Mon-Sat 04:00-07:00 & 15:00-18:00, Sun 13:30-18:00

Location map for Cho Quan Church

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