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Xom Moi Market

Xom Moi Market was opened in 1960s which is famous for very fresh products and cheap groceries. Additionally, Xom Moi’s sellers are very friendly and polite.

When coming to the market, you directly experience the local life of people in the Central of Vietnam. In Vietnamese traditional culture, the woman’s role is very important. Women are responsible for taking care of the family, doing the cooking or household chores

while men go out and work to earn money. That’s why you see many women go to the market to buy products. They do this every day in the early morning or late afternoon.

But in any market, there is an exception which is very special. Most of the sellers are women. Not sure why. Maybe they are good at cooking, so they also do works related to food. How about your culture?

Stone Church

It was built on September 3, 1928 by Father Louis Vallet, a French priest, and finished 5 years later. The reason why people call it- Stone Church is because of its appearance. When we look at it, we think that the church was built from stones, but actually it’s not. It was made by shaped cements. They were made to look like stones.

The church’s origin was from Quy Nhon City diocese, but was separated and became Nha Trang city diocese on July 5, 1957,  

The main structure of the church is Western architecture which is very strong. The whole area is about 700 meters square and the highest point is the Holy Cross which is 38 meters high from the street level.

Interesting Fact: 

- 500 mines were used to split the mountain and create the flat land to build the church.
- The bells in the tower are very high quality. There are 3 bells in the tower which were made by Bourdon Carillond, a very famous bell brand of France. - The clock of the church used to be broken for 10 years.

Talking about the church, this is of the places that couples come here before their wedding to take photos. In Vietnam, we take photo albums before the wedding. How about your culture?

We are lucky today because people haven’t started the weekly ceremony yet, so we can take a look inside the church. As we can see, there are some people praying their god. We shouldn’t interrupt them. Let’s keep going.

The construction of Nha Trang Cathedral (Nha Tho Nui) began in 1928 and finished in 1934. The stone edifice is punctuated with stained glass windows with three large bells in the tower. It stands atop a hill in the centre of town. Mass is held at 5:00 am, 7:00 am, 9:30 am, 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm on Sundays and at 4:45 am and 5:00 pm the rest of the week.
- Fun fact ( In 1988 a Catholic cemetery nearby was disinterred. The remains were reburied behind the wall of plaques that line the cathedral. ) 

Nha Trang Railway Station

This is Nha Trang Railway Station which was established on September 2, 1936. It is one of the main stations on the North-South railway in Viet Nam. All Thong Nhat trains stop here. So if you want to go to Ha Noi in the North or Ho Chi Minh City in the South, you can take a train here.

This is also a historical monument. At this place, on October 23, 1945, Khanh Hoa armies and people start the operation against the colonial army from France when it came back to take control Vietnam again. The operation lasted 101 days.

You can see right in front of the Railway Station is Vo Van Ky Park. It’s called Vo Van Ky because that’s the name of the commander who leaded the operation against the French at this place. He died at this place and become a heroic symbol of Nha Trang people.

In the war against the French of Vietnam people, Nha Trang is one of the important cities so the French chose it as a stopping point and also constructed 2 more railway routes from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang to Da Nang. That’s the reason why it still has the unique French architecture.

Traveling by train in Viet Nam is a good idea because it’s quite cheap and safe. The train has both hard seats and soft seats, with or without air-conditioner. Moreover, there are also 5- stars trains on the Ho Chi Minh city- Nha Trang route.

Traveling by train is a great way to discover Vietnam. From the inside, you can see beautiful landscapes such as enormous rice fields, beaches, mountains, forests, and many more.

(Trên đường đi có mấy quán xôi. Có thể giới thiệu cho khách các loại xôi xanh đỏ tím vàng) Sticky Rice: Red Beans, Black Beans, Gấc fruit, Magenta (lá cẩm), Pineapple Leaves (lá dứa)…

Long Son Pagoda

Long Son Pagoda is one of the most famous Buddhist temples of Khanh Hoa province. It is the headquarters of the Buddhist Association in Khanh Hoa Province. The pagoda was built by the abbot Thich Ngo Chi in 1886- more than 100 years ago. At first, it was just a small thatched cottage. After being destroyed by storms, cyclones and the famous Vietnam war, Long Son Pagoda has been relocated and renovated many times.

The current abbot is Thich Thien Binh who took the abbotship in 2013.

The pagoda is about 3.2 kilometers square. On the top of Trai Thuy hill is the famous huge White Buddha Statue. The stair to the top includes 153 steps.

This is Nirvana Buddha Statue (Tượng phật nhập Niết Bàn) which means that the Buddha passes away and goes to the perfect place. It is 17 meters length and 5 meters height. Behind the statue is 49 monks watching and praying for the Buddha.

This is the Great Bell given by the Buddhists from Hue city to celebrate Khanh Hoa 350 Years in 2003. It weighs 1,500 kilograms.

And here is the most famous one, the huge White Buddha Statue. It is 31 meters height included the 7- meters lotus shaped lamp support. The statue is so big that you can see it at every place which is high enough in the city and even outside the city. Around the Statue are the 7 superior monks who burnt themselves to death to fight against the Anti- Buddhism Policy of Ngo Dinh Diem in 1963.

We can also see the wall for incineration ashes of Buddhists. (Hài cốt hỏa tang của Phật tử) 

Thong Nhat Street

A famous street known for selling electrical equipment and furniture.

Tan Tan Theater: Tan Tan Theater is one of the oldest theaters in Nha Trang city. It was built long time ago, before Nha Trang city was liberated in 1975. In the past, people came here to see movies, musical shows or learn dancing. Now it’s closed and become sport and musical instrument shops.

Sanest- Artificial Salangane Nest (Tổ chim yến nhân tạo): Salangane Nest is edible bird’s nest which is a speciality of Nha Trang city. Normally, the nests are on islands outside the city. However, on this street and some other streets which have the suitable environment for salanganes to live. People made the artificial rooms on the top of their houses which are very dark and equipped with a lot of speakers to attract the salanganes to live in the room and make nests. After a period of time, people can take the nests and sell them to earn money.

Seven Floors (Lầu 7): Known as Nha Trang Hotel is an old but very famous hotel, restaurant and entertainment place of Nha Trang. It was opened for about 50 years ago. At that time, Seven Floors was the tallest hotel and restaurant of Nha Trang City.

For years, it is still famous because of its reasonable price and quality in service. 

Victory Statue

This is the memorial Victory Statue which was built to commemorate the historical time when Vietnam army liberate Nha Trang city in April 2, 1975.

It has been renovated to become a park. Before the restoration, there was a fountain in front of the statue but it was too old and dirty so they had to rebuild the place.

On the left of the park, where you can see a big screen there is the Culture and Communication Center. On weekend nights, traditional musical shows are often taken place there. 

Tram Huong Tower

It was opened on December 22, 2008. This is where many famous products and pictures of Nha Trang are displayed.

The reason why it has the name Tram Huong is because Tram Huong is the symbol of Khánh Hòa. It is known as Khánh Hòa’s Speciality.

Before Tram Huong Tower, the place was a War Memorial of Unknown Soldiers (Đài liệt sĩ).

But it was relocated to another place.

XQ Art Gallery

In front of you is XQ – the most famous Art Gallery in Nha Trang. For many years, XQ Art Gallery has become a cultural tourist destination. 

In fact, XQ is the abbreviation for Mrs. Xuan and Mr. Quan. They are wife and husband who created this kind of art.

The first place is the Poem Garden where we can enjoy tea. There are many kind of tea you can try. Additionally, this is a place where artisans think of new ideas, new creations.

Next, let’s move to the Predecessors’ Room of Worship where we can learn more about the history of the place and also the Embroidery Industry.

Let’s move on to the Embroidery workshop. In here, we can know about the stages to complete an embroidered picture. The artists draw on silk cloth. After that, embroidered stage is done in an Artisan’s house. 

(Dẫn khách đi xung quanh xem tranh, cách người thợ thêu tranh và có thể nói thêm về những đặc trưng của Việt Nam qua những bức tranh đó) 

Dam Markets

- As the city’s commercial center, Dam Market is the busiest, most vibrant market in Nha Trang. It is also the largest, and a popular tourist attraction. The market takes place in a circular, three-story building, and the stalls sell a variety of things from souvenirs, tourist trinkets, knock-off brands and cheap watches, to fresh local produce and meats at the back of the market. Make sure you check out the dry seafood section to the right of the building for the usual exciting array of dried shrimp, seaweeds, cuttlefish and other well-known dried delicacies, typical of Vietnam’s coastal towns.

The market opens at 4 a.m. every morning, and is always bustling with people. We recommend keeping an eye on your bag, as in all markets across Vietnam, since busy, crowded areas are the perfect hideouts for pickpockets and thieves. That being said, don’t let that stop you! Vietnam’s markets are still safe, vibrant and fascinating places at which to glimpse the fundamental workings of the country, and shopping in Vietnam is not complete without a visit to one of its many colorful marketplaces.. 

Long Son Pagoda and White Buddha

- Long Son Pagoda is a popular tourist destination and buzzes with activity. The central building is not exceptional, the main feature instead being the large White Buddha sitting on top of the hill. There are 150 steps to the top, but around the half way point, take a break with the 14m long sleeping Buddha.

- If you can't climb up, drive to the top. Turn right after the gate to the pagoda.

Ba Ho Waterfalls

- The 25km drive to these waterfalls takes you past some wonderful stretches of coast and rice paddies. The waterfalls themselves have been left untouched, save for some arrow pointers that guide you over and around the rocks to get to the cascades. The three waterfalls vary in accessibility. You can swim at all the waterfalls.

- If you're feeling peckish, order a chicken from one of the vendors - they will kill one and cook it for you on the spot.

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