"Cha Tam Church" Chinatown Tip by Blatherwick

Chinatown, Ho Chi Minh City: 34 reviews and 41 photos

  Cha Tam Church
by Blatherwick

It was here that President Diem and his brother took refuge in during the coup d'etat in 1963. An armoured personnel carrier was sent to the church to take custody of the two. The soldiers killed Diem and his brother before they reached the center of the city.

The church was built around the turn of the 19th century. It is somewhat unique in that it's decorated with horizontal lacquer boards and wood panels with inscriptions much like the surrounding Chinese style temples. Masses are held in both Vietnamese and Chinese (Mandarin).

Address: 25 Duong Hoc Lac
Directions: It's in Cholon slightly NE of the big market.
Phone: +84 166 913 3398
Website: http://www.visit-mekong.com/vietnam/ho-chi-minh-city/chinatown.htm

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 24, 2006
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