Sunday, September 5, 2010

huyen si church ho chi minh

an often missed out spot in Ho Chi Minh is this church along the corners of Ton That Tung and Nguyen Trai a short walk from Pham Ngu Lao. we just noticed it when we were eating across a food shop eating pho.as of today, only 8% of the total population of Vietnam are Christians, majority are Buddhist. yet it has a long history of how some leaders in the past embraced this religion and fought for their faith.in this church lies the relic of a Vietnamese martyr but the church was closed when we went there. the small grotto of Mary with filled with signage grabbed our attention which was just on one side of the church. these are collections of offerings and prayers to the departed, placed around these grotto. people come and go passing by offering flowers, prayers and definitely not a surprise... incense too.

island: Greater Asia
city: Ho Chi Minh
country: Vietnam

GPS location

10^ 96' 6.48" N
106^ 41' 20.40" E

escape rate:
church location: 3.5
church facade: 3.0
church area: 3.5
church history: 3.0

25 comments:

Bengbeng said...

this is beautiful. this post ot yrs invokes memories of the sacrifices the pioneers faced in setting up church in a predominantly Buddhist country. But at the same time it is easier than for example a Muslim country.

Mokong™ said...

Nice church Dong... Nice captures...

Luna Miranda said...

this is a beautiful church. the grotto is quite interesting, too. i thought the plaques are tombstones.:p

Reena said...

i like the church's color. very shabby & chic. :)

Chyng said...

wow, elegante naman.
your the 1st blogger who wrote about this church. thumb up!

Hilda said...

It looks like a very lovely church. Too bad it was closed. Would have loved to see the interior. The grotto is so intriguing. So many messages for a country which you say has relatively few Christians.

witsandnuts said...

The church is stunning, especially the tower.

pamatayhomesick said...

nabibigyan mo talaga dong ng buhay ang bawat lugar sa mga photo shot mo...mahusay!

Borneo Falcon said...

What a discovery while having your pho!

alicesg said...

This is a very beautiful church. I did not see this church during my visit to Vietnam.

sheng said...

Speak English! Hehehe, but it is really a nice one!

SandyCarlson said...

A very beautiful structure, my friend. The trees beside it create an interesting contrast to the stunning bright white.

Christian, Buddhist....we are all sharing the road.

Eds said...

ganda ng church kaya lang sayang sarado sya.

Sidney said...

Looks like a nice church.

docgelo said...

that church may be small but so quaint. at least there's a spiritual refuge for those in catholic belief in a generally buddhist country.
...i can so relate, for we're in a predominantly muslim country but spirituality here is so diverse like the unique mixtures of cultures.

Raft3r said...

Masarap pagkain dyan, ano!
:)

Photo Cache said...

that first image really shows that church in all it's beauty. i haven't seen a post on vietnam that showed a catholic church prior to yours. thanks.

BlogusVox said...

Siguro European ang nag pagawa ng church. Gothic kasi ang dating.

dong, "Rest In Peace" ba ang ibig sabihin ng "Ta On Duc Me"?

I am Xprosaic said...

hmmm... may napansin ako... similar kayo ni lawstude na mahilig din sa churches... I couldn't blame you magaganda naman kasi ang structural desgns

I am Xprosaic said...

hmmm... may napansin ako... similar kayo ni lawstude na mahilig din sa churches... I couldn't blame you magaganda naman kasi ang structural desgns

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

talk about religious freedom in Vietnam! Indeed, it's amazing to find evidence of minority belief such as this Catholic church amidst a triple-religion (Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism) country.

you really have an eye for good angles Dominic! *clap clap*

nuts said...

galing mo magfeature talaga, mapa -beach man or church! galing!

nickael said...

wonderful..
full of effort..
done very..
congratulations...

Anonymous said...

nice...
i like it..
full of efforts...:)

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

ang ganda naman ng church! :)the

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