An Overview of Ho Chi Minh City
With a population of over 6 million, Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon or by the abbreviations HCMC or HCM, is the largest city in Vietnam and the former capital of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam). Following the fall of Saigon in 1975, Saigon was renamed Ho Chi Minh City. However, the old Saigon name is still used by both Vietnamese and foreigners, especially when referring to the most central part of the city, to which most tourists flock.

As with most other parts of Vietnam, the main language is Vietnamese. The local dialect of Vietnamese is the southern dialect, which differs somewhat from the northern dialect spoken in Hanoi, though speakers of both dialects are usually able to comprehend each other. English is spoken by most of the younger well-educated upper class. Educated senior citizens are usually able to speak French, though generally speaking, English is far more useful these days.

Ho Chi Minh City is also home to a sizeable ethnic Chinese community, mostly around Chinatown and many of them are bilingual in Cantonese and Vietnamese. Many of them also speak Mandarin (source).

Religion in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City has diversified religions. Buddhism accounts for up to 50% of the total population, while 34% of the people claim to have no religious affiliations. Catholicism accounts for 12%, while 4% of the population adhere to Protestantism and others religions (Cao Dai, Hoa Hao, Islam, Hinduism) (source).

Would you pray that God would send more laborers to this city and country to lift His name high?

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