The Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple is located at Truong Dinh Street - close to the Ben Thanh Market. The entrance to the temple is decorated with a very colourful gopuram (beautiful tower), and this part of the temple is the most interesting. I was not impressed by the inner sanctuary, but you’ll find a courtyard with the gods of Mariamman, Maduraiveeran, Pechiamman, and a few more.
Outside the temple where are vendors selling oil, incense, candles, flowers etc. When you enter the temple they will handle out incense sticks and candles for offering to the gods – and then demand a ridiculous amount of money when you leave the temple (read my warning tips).
This small Hindu temple is frequented by both Saigon's tiny Hindu population along with resident Vietnamese. It was built in the late 19th century by traders from Tamil Nadu and is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Mariamman. After 1975 the Vietnamese government converted it into a factory for making joss sticks, but it's now used solely for worship. The temple is only a short walk from the Ben Thanh Central Market so is certainly worth a look in.
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