I spent my Easter Sunday exploring various temples in Saigon's Chinatown.
The second temple I visited, Thiên Hậu, must be much more famous, as it was packed with other foreign visitors, and information about it is far more readily available online. It was originally built all the way back in 1760, and the last time it was renovated was 1916, so it still retains its historical look--I simply mean that it's much easier to tell that it's old. It's dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu, who protects seafarers. It's not only known for its beautiful architecture, but also for its many hanging incense coils, which give the interior a strong, sweet scent. The coils were lovely, although ash kept falling on me--which would normally be fine, except I was drenched with sweat, so the ash stuck there. I exited the temple looking much more dusty than when I entered it.
I have just a few more days in HCMC before I head to Phnom Penh in Cambodia. Despite the limited time frame, I may take it easy-ish today--I have to do laundry, and it will need time to dry. Also, this humid weather is doing more of a number on me than I expected. I think it's probably wise to take breaks.
But I'll be back at it tomorrow--still some museums I want to check out. And I have more postcards to send!