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Iconic Ho Chi Minh City Landmark undergoing Extensive Renovations

July 21, 2017 Destination ASEAN No Comments Email Email

For a period of approximately 3 years, the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City will be closed for the public. Local officials have given the green light to commence with a renovation plan after reports from local and international experts showed the necessity of rejuvenating this popular sight in the former capital.

During this period, Asian Trails Vietnam has received a statement that visits inside the Cathedral are no longer possible during this period. The team behind is massive project expects to complete all work done by June 2020.  City officials have erected barrier around the cathedral and traffic around this holy site has been restricted. Catholics who would like to attend Mass here will be able to enter the cathedral via the main entrance only.

The Notre Dame Cathedral, dating back to the late nineteenth century, was built in the Neo-Romanesque style, with two square towers tipped with iron spires. Vietnamese Catholics, tourists and foreigners regularly visited the cathedral for Sunday Mass at 9:30AM, with one of the highest attendance rates worldwide. The Notre Dame Cathedral is the only place offering an English mass in Ho Chi Minh City.

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