Tan Dinh church is situated at 289 Hai Ba Trung street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City and belongs to Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City. You would be amazed and appealed by a gorgeous pink church when walking by Tan Dinh catholic church. Thanks to its attractive appearance, many people get curious and start to have a look at its unique structure that have existed for decades.
Tan Dinh church, which means Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Vietnamese, is a church built during the French colonial period in the 1880s when Vietnam was part of French Indochina. The church architecture features Roman style architecture and stands out with a pink cover outside and inside the church.
Designed in Romanesque style with Gothic and Renaissance elements, Tan Dinh Church comprises a nave with a tall barrel-vaulted roof (today hidden by a false ceiling), separated by arcades from side aisles and outer corridors. The design also incorporates a triforium or shallow-arched upper gallery and features two apsidal chapels which extrude from either side of the nave, close to the entrance. The one to your right as you enter the church is dedicated to Mary and Joseph, while the one to your left is dedicated to St Theresa. The Saint statues and the 14 Stations of the Cross which currently adorn the outer side aisle pillars date from the 1890s.
Although Tan Dinh church underwent many periods of restoration and repair, its architecture and construction still remain its origin, even the pink color inside.
You can visit here any time as it is open every day. The mass times per week are different. Whether you are catholic or not, you are always invited to join in the mass. However, once taking part in the mass, you need to be on time in order to be more polite as the atmosphere is quite tranquil in this holy place. Another thing is that since it is a religious site, you should wear formal clothes if you have an intention of entering inside the church. If not, you can stand outside and feel free to take photos with one of the most dazzling architecture in the heart of Saigon.