Pink Church, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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(Indonesian Version is below English version with blue ink. Versi Indonesia ada dibawah versi Inggris dengan tinta biru)

Have you ever seen a pink colour church? I mean, totally pink, exterior and interiors are dominant with pink colour. Yesterday, on our third day (first trip to HCMC (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam), we decided to visit this unique church. It took 30-40 minutes walk from District 1. But we went there by taxi after visiting Bin Thay Market at Chinatown.

(Kamu sudah pernah liat gereja yang berwarna pink? Maksudnya, benar-benar pink, warna luar gedung dan warna dalam gedung, semuanya pink. Kemaren, hari ketiga kami di HCMC (pertama kali ke Vietnam), kami menyempatkan diri mengunjungi Gereja Pink ini. Waaah, keren habis, must see, rugi banget kalo lewatin ini. Kalo jalan kaki dari district 1, sekitar 30-40 menit. Tapi kita kesana naik taxi setelah ngunjungin Bin Thay Market di Chinatown.)

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Nhà thờ Công Giáo Tân Định aka Pink Church is one of Saigon’s oldest and most important Roman Catholic institutions. This church is located at 289, Hai Ba Trung Street, District 3. It’s rarely known by travellers, most of the travellers only go to the famous Notre Dame Basilica of Saigon which is opposite Saigon Post Office at Công xã Paris. The church therefore still remains as one of the few hidden attractions in Ho Chi Minh City that yet to be discovered.

(Nhà thờ Công Giáo Tân Định alias Pink Church adalah salah satu gereja tertua dan terpenting dalam institusi Gereja Katolik Roma. Gereja ini terletak di 289, Hai Ba Trung Street, District 3. Tidak banyak turis yang tau gereja ini karena kebanyakan mereka hanya pergi ke gereja yang lebih terkenal yaitu, Notre Dame Basilica of Saigon yang berseberangan dengan Saigon Post Office di Công xã Paris.  Jadi gereja ini menjadi salah satu tempat pariwisata “tersembunyi” di Ho Chi Minh City yang masih belum begitu “ngetrend”.)

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The structural pillars in the nave were strengthened in 1949 and in 1957 the church was refurbished and repainted in the memorable pink colour (salmon pink for the exterior, strawberry and cream on the inside).

(Pilar-pilar bangunan dikokohkan kembali pada tahun 1949 dan pada tahun 1957, gereja ini dibetulkan dan dicat kembali dengan warna pink ( salmon pink untuk bangunan luar, strawberry dan cream untuk bagian dalam).

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Outside the building, there is a big Jesus statue (like the one in Rio De Jeneiro) but in smaller size. Also, around there, we found 14 stations of Jesus crucifixion story craved from stone (check out the roman letter on the stone)

(Dibagian luar bangunan, ada patung Yesus dengan tangan terbuka (seperti di Rio De Jeneiro) dengan ukuran lebiiih kecil. Disekitar sana juga terdapat kisah penyaliban Tuhan Yesus yang terbagi menjadi 14 bagian (ada angka romawi dibagian bawah batu)

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So, if you have time in HCMC, you can visit this beautiful church, opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday,from 8am-11am, 2pm-4.30pm.

(Jadi, kalau kamu lagi di HCMC, jangan lupa kunjungi gereja ini, jam buka: Selasa-Sabtu, dari jam 8am-11am, 2pm-4.30pm.)

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