The beautifully designed Cha Tam Church was built in the early 19th century, the church’s facade has a decaying light-caramel painted with some tropical feel. A pew in the church is marked with a small plaque identifying the spot where President Ngo Dinh Diem was seized after taking refuge here with his brother Ngo Dinh Nhu on 2 November 1963, after fleeing the Presidential Palace. the church is one of the 5 churches and one of the must see Ho Chi Minh City tourist attractions
The Cha Tam Church have passed through an interesting story; When their efforts to contact loyal military officers (of whom there were almost none) failed, Diem and Nhu agreed to surrender unconditionally and revealed where they were hiding. The coup leaders sent an M-113 armored personnel carrier to the church and the two were taken into custody. However, before the vehicle reached central Ho Chi Minh City the soldiers had killed Diem and Nhu by shooting them at point-blank range and then repeatedly stabbing their bodies.
The Cha Tam Church also has a interesting interior deign, the deep green and white church interior is decorated with images of the stations of the cross, while holy water is dispensed from huge clam shells. The statue in the tower is of François Xavier Tam Assou (1855–1934), a Chinese-born vicar apostolic (delegate of the pope) of Saigon. Today, the church has a very active congregation of 3000 ethnic Vietnamese and 2000 ethnic Chinese. Masses are held daily.
Address: 25 Ð Hoc Lac, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: Daily from 7:00 am – 12:00 pm, 2:00 – 6:00 pm, 7:00 – 9:00 pm