Sacred Craftsmen of Chinatown
Duration: 0.5 days
Highlights: HO CHI MINH CITY
• Experience bustling streets of Chinatown
• Meet craftsmen of Buddhist amulets
• Discover religious rites and customs
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Experience the trades and traditions of Chinatown, or “Cho Lon” as it is known locally. Drive past traditional Chinese medicine stores filled with dried ginger, ginseng and all manner of herbs and meet an old community of craftsmen who spend their days creating small amulets and religious statues. Chat with some of the artisans to learn more about their way of life, which seems to have changed very little over the years. Explore a neighborhood market and taste some of their traditional specialties before enjoying a cup of Vietnamese coffee at a charming local café. Continue further to discover an incense-filled temple built in 1809 and learn about Chinese religious rites and customs. Make an offering to the temple and light a spiral incense cone. Then visit another a century-old street to witness daily life unfold in a typical Chinese commune.