In the morning of our last day in Vietnam, we headed to District 5. My friend wanted to see a pagoda and I wanted to go shopping, so we went to District 5. The Thien Hau Pagoda is not a tourist attraction. The taxi drivers didn’t know where it was but my friend was intent on going, so she showed him the Google Map print out.
We ended up driving to District 5 and the driver asked around there for the pagoda. 70,000 VND later, we finally arrived.
The Thien Hau Pagoda is a Chinese Pagoda in District 5, HCM. It’s where the Chinese and Vietnamese Buddhists go to pray.
At the entrance. An oven?
Spiral incense on the roof! The courtyard was pretty small, with some places covered.
I asked Jollan to take this. Looks like I’m in prayer, no? Too bad I’m agnostic.
After visiting this pagoda, we walked to An Dong. It was a pretty long walk. An Dong is this big building for shopping. On the ground floor, they sell food, candy and coffee beans. The next two floors are full of clothes. The prices there are REALLY CHEAP. It’s also really crowded because of the stalls and products. We concluded that it was a wholesale place, and they supply whatever is sold in Ben Tanh and other stalls.
I bought a 160,000 VND sheer blue polo from a nice lady. She asked us how we found out about the place since they don’t really get tourists there (since it was a wholesale place and all) and told me I was getting what I was buying for a really good price. I knew she wasn’t lying because it was an awesome buy–items similar to the top I bought cost 700PHP in the Philippines (around 300,000 VND), and the quality isn’t as good since what we have here is made in China, the land of cheap mass production. So, yeah, AWESOME BUY! I didn’t get to buy anything else since I was trying to save (WHICH I REGRET NOW HAHA).
We went to An Dong 2, which is a better looking mall than the first one. They had a nice grocery, the ground floor was composed of stalls that sold pearls and jewelry, and the floors above sold clothes. The prices were more expensive though. We went back to District 1 to eat lunch at Rat Hue then went to Vincom Center, wherein we spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the aircondition. We didn’t plan our last day as well as our others, I admit. We thought we wouldn’t have enough time since our flight was that night but we ended up with a lot more time to spare.