Restoration work has commenced at Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral and is scheduled to take two years to complete. During that time, the cathedral will only be open for church services.
The municipal government approved a plan to restore the cathedral in late 2016. In June last year, Father Ho Van Xuan, a representative of the Ho Chi Minh City Archdiocese said some parts of the cathedral had fallen into disrepair due to the weather, adding that the restoration work would be conducted carefully to “keep the original beauty” of the historic building.
The 91m long and 35m wide roof will first receive attention before moving on to the interior and bell towers. Located in a tourist precinct that includes the historic Central Post Office in District 1, the cathedral is popular among foreign and local visitors. Destination Asia Vietnam is in contact with agents to provide advice on programs that visit the cathedral.