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Phu Nhuan District in Ho Chi Minh City

What is the quickest getaway from Ho Chi Minh City’s Center? Come to Phu Nhuan District, only 10 minutes away, and you can experience and learn more about the daily life of locals and try different cuisines. It is a central district, but you can still find it less hustling but no less exciting than District 1.

Map of Phu Nhuan District’s Attractions:

Phu Nhuan District Overview

Phu Nhuan was adopted in the 17th century to name a village in Gia Dinh Citadel (former Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City). The people who originally lived in the village were Khmer people, but later, people from all cross of life (especially people in northern Vietnam) came to the place to make a living from doing agriculture. The families of soldiers in Gia Dinh Citadel and a small Chinese community also chose to reside here, creating a mixture of different cultures.

After several centuries, Phu Nhuan is now one of the central districts of Ho Chi Minh City, bordering other districts like Go Vap District in the north, Tan Binh District in the west, Binh Thanh District in the east, and District 1 and District 3 in the south. You can quickly go from one district to another via streets like Le Van Sy, Hoang Van Thu, Phan Dang Luu, Phan Dinh Phung, and Nguyen Kiem Streets.

Unlike other streets in Ho Chi Minh City, which are usually named after heroic figures or numbered, an area near Phan Xich Long Street has 13 streets named after flowers such as Hoa Mai (ochna tree flower), Hoa Dao (peach tree flower), Hoa Phuong (flame tree flower), and Hoa Su (plumeria tree flower).

With a total area of 4.9 square kilometers and many waterways around, like the Nhieu Loc—Thi Nghe Canal, the name “Phu Nhuan” (which means prosperity in Vietnamese) suggests there are many businesses and activities in Phu Nhuan District, from foods and beverages to retail, carpentry, and trading.

How to Get to Phu Nhuan District

From Tan Son Nhat Airport, it only takes 10 minutes to Phu Nhuan District by taxi. And from Phu Nhuan District to District 1’s center, it would take another 10 minutes.

You can also use the shuttle buses from Tan Son Nhat Airport, which have stop stations at hotels on Nguyen Van Troi Street in Phu Nhuan District.

Attractions in Phu Nhuan District

There are many temples and pagodas across the Phu Nhuan District, many of which are from the 19th century. Besides, you can also visit and admire the architecture of the tombs of many of the Nguyen Dynasty’s generals and other historical attractions and religious sites.

NameEntrance FeeAddressCategory
Tu Van PagodaFree62 Phan Xich Long, Ward 1Religious site
Phu Long PagodaFree58 Huynh Van Banh, Ward 15Religious site
Hue Nghiem PagodaFree187/3 Tran Ke Xuong, Ward 7Religious site
Dieu Giac PagodaFree248 Tran Ke Xuong, Ward 7Religious site
Ba Chuong Church (Three Bells Church)Free190 Le Van Sy, Ward 10Religious site
Jamiul MusliminFree52 Nguyen Van Troi, Ward 15Religious site
Quan The Am TempleFree90 Thich Quang Duc, Ward 5Religious site
 Van Hanh Monastery Free 750/1 Nguyen Kiem, Ward 4Religious site
Hung Vuong TempleFree261/3 Co Giang, Ward 1Religious site
Phu Nhuan TempleFree18 Mai Van Ngoc, Ward 10Religious site
Truong Tan Buu TombFree41 Nguyen Thi Huynh, Ward 8Religious site
Vo Di Nguy TombFree19 Co Giang, Ward 2Religious site
Headquarters of Contact Delegation of General Command of Vietnam People’s ArmyFree87A Tran Ke Xuong, Ward 7Historical attraction
Gia Dinh ParkFreeIn the block of Hoang Minh Giam, Hong Ha, and Pham Van Dong Street, Ward 9Public park
Phu Nhuan Cultural ParkFree49 Phan Dang Luu, Ward 7Public park

Eating in Phu Nhuan District

If you are a foodie, you cannot miss out on a food adventure in Phu Nhuan District. Many famous food streets with restaurants lined up waiting for you to explore. You can find restaurants of Vietnamese cuisine and Thai, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and Western dishes, from fancy ones to restaurants, local and street style. Eating in Phu Nhuan District will not leave you hungry.

Vietnamese CuisinesThich Quang Duc Street, Phan Dang Luu Street

Broken rice:
Com Tam Ba Ghien – 84 Dang Van Ngu, Ward 10

Banh cuon Tay Ho – 271 Phan Xich Long, Ward 2

Hue Cuisine:
Ngu Binh – 82 Cu xa Nguyen Van Troi, Ward 17

Street EatsMarket:
Phu Nhuan Market – 123 Phan Dinh Phung Street, Ward 17
Tran Huu Trang Market – 84 Tran Huu Trang, Ward 10
Nguyen Dinh Chieu Market – 34 Le Tu Tai, Ward 4

Dang Van Ngu Street

Snails and Beer:
Truong Sa Street
Oc Ca Na – 330/28 Phan Dinh Phung, Ward 1
Oc Dao – 18 Nhieu Loc, Ward 2

CafesLe Van Sy Street, Phan Xich Long Street, Nguyen Trong Tuyen Street

Shopping in Phu Nhuan District

Although Phu Nhuan District has many retail and trading activities, most of them are small businesses of the locals. You will not find any fancy shopping malls, but you can definitely buy some good items at an affordable price here. The oldest market in the district is Phu Nhuan Market, which has been around since 1850 and has a lot to offer for great souvenirs and local experiences.

CategoryAddressWhat to Buy
MarketsPhu Nhuan Market, Tran Huu Trang Market, Nguyen Dinh Chieu MarketDried foods, Clothes, Accessories, and Textiles
Shopping StreetsTran Huy Lieu Street, Tran Quang Dieu Street, Le Van Sy StreetClothes, Accessories, and Cosmetics

Nightlife in Phu Nhuan District

Most people gather at night after long hours of work in beer and snail restaurants on Truong Sa Street, Phu Nhuan District.

It is also time for young Saigonese to go out and eat street food at places like Phan Xich Long Street and Phu Nhuan Market or to shop for clothes in stores on Tran Quang Dieu Street and Tran Huy Lieu Street.

Find accommodation around the Phu Nhuan District area:

Summary of Phu Nhuan District in Ho Chi Minh City

Phu Nhuan District in Ho Chi Minh City has a lot to offer, from delicious dishes from Vietnam and around the world to shopping streets, cafes, and local markets with a variety of things for you to explore. You can also visit several religious sites and attractions in Phu Nhuan District to understand more about Vietnamese culture and history. During the days and nights, the district is full of life with people, but it is not as crowded as District 1 to ensure you have quality leisure time.

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