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Saigon Mosque is a beuatiful and serene place of worship in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City. Built by Indian Muslims in 1935, the mosque features well-maintained white and lime green walls and a shaded veranda. Surrounded by four minarets, there are several Halal stalls close to the mosque that sell tid-bits to devotees.
A city of many pagodas, and churches Saigon gets its culturally diverse stamp with many of its mosques as well. Among the 12 mosques, the Saigon Central Mosque (also known as Masjid Musalman or Dong Du Mosque) happen to be quite the popular one. Built back in 1935 by South Indians of Muslim faith, this beautiful mosque was initially only open to Indian Muslims. Now it attracts visitors from all faiths all across the globe. With its beautiful lime green, white and blue colour scheming, four minarets and well maintained architecture, it's an instant sight of peace. A very well preserved mosque in Ho Chi Minh City, it has a shaded verandah where you can sit down and admire the mosque in peace, as well as a pool for rituals as per Islamic traditions. All around the mosque one can find small kiosks and vendors as well as restaurants selling Halal foods such as baked goods and full meals. Since it is a place of worship, make sure to take of your footwear before entering. And make sure you are appropriately dressed, with your chest, arms and legs covered. If you're visiting on Friday be prepared for more crowd than usual.
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