Attraction Masjid Musulman (Saigon Central Mosque) 66 Đông Du Bến Nghé, District 1 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Saigon Central Mosque is special ?
Saigon Central Mosque is constructed in the 1930s by South Indian Muslims, the mosque is one of around a dozen that serve the city's Muslims and it stands on the site of an earlier mosque. Home to four minarets, tall spires typical of Indo-Islamic mosques, they're not used for the call to prayer.
Saigon Central Mosque is one of the 12 mosques in Ho Chi Minh City. The Central Mosque was built in 1935. It was originally constructed for worshipers from southern India then resident in Saigon, but now Muslims from all over the world would come here to worship. This mosque is usually crowded on Fridays. This a very peaceful place to go to understand the Muslim culture in Vietnam. The shaded verandah and cool stone floors make it an ideal place to sit, read or even nap in the heat of the day.
What to explore at Saigon Central Mosque?
In front of the sparkling white and blue structure, with its four decorative minarets, is a pool for the ritual ablutions required by Islamic law before prayers.
Furthermore you can also eat halal food that is readily available right outside the mosque. Just outside the mosque there are people selling halal food like bread and biscuits. Just across the road there is a halal restaurant that serves Vietnamese halal food as well.
How to get to Saigon Central Mosque?
The best way to visit the mosque is by taxi, motorbike or" xe om". It takes 29 mins driving from Tan Son Nhat International Airport and 17 mins from SaiGon Railway Station.
- Beautiful experience
- “Good starting point for Muslim Explorer
- Being nearby Several Malaysian and Indian restaurants serving halal food
- Being a peaceful place to go to understand the Muslim culture in Vietnam
- Being originally constructed for worshipers from southern India
Masjid Musulman (Saigon Central Mosque) 66 Đông Du Bến Nghé, District 1 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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I disagree with the comment '' Dont go there''. My experience at this mosque was beautiful and I would recommend this mosque to everyone. It was easy to find, right in the heart of Saigon. We jumped in the taxi because it was raining but it costed like 50000Dong which is like £1.50. We made it for Maghrib one evening, we didn't use the wudu area so i can't comment on that. As you enter the Mosque gates you go up the stairs and the mens prayer hall is to the right and the women's to the left. It was clean and there was a cupboard of clean, ironed and hung abayas(long dresses) and scarfs to use. I got talking to the cleaner who was like 70 years old and the local women there, they were lovely, humble friendly women. Masha'allah it was amazing. Being a Vietnamese revert, it was a beautiful experience being able to pray in a Vietnamese mosque, standing shoulder to shoulder with my fellow Vietnamese muslims. The mosque was on a small busy street lined with restaurants and a few shops. There were a few Halal restaurants just outside the mosque were we ate. Also there was a near by shopping centre. I was in Saigon for a few days and this was one of the best experiences. For reviews on halal places to eat in Saigon, read my other reviews.