Binh Hung Hoa: Haunted Cemetery in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Binh Hung Hoa: Haunted Cemetery in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Binh Hung Hoa Cemetery

The Binh Hung Hoa Cemetery is one of the largest within Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It has encountered many issues during its lifetime. These are primarily caused due to existing on the outskirts of a huge city, which is constantly expanding and struggling to contain its ever-growing population. There are several residents who have moved into live within the grounds of the cemetery, even going as far as to construct permanent homes. Furthermore, many of these graves have suffered from vandalism and the possibility of relocation, for further urban development of Ho Chi Minh City.

Haunted Cemetery in Vietnam.
Graves lined up as the sun goes down over Binh Hung Hoa Cemetery in Vietnam.

It seems plausible that this insecurity of burial places may have left the living and the dead a little restless. Many claim that the Binh Hung Hoa Cemetery is one of the most haunted places in the city. Though it is thought to contain many wandering spirits, it is one famous and tragic ghost story that prevails.

Ho Chi Minh City's haunted cemetery.
Colorful and different looking grave markers inside Vietnam’s most haunted cemetery.

Ghost Stories of Ho Chi Minh City’s Haunted Cemetery

The most famed of the spirits thought to grace Binh Hung Hoa Cemetery is that of a 16-year-old girl. Her story is a tragic one of lost love. During her life, she was an avid theater performer and was particularly fond of cải lương. This is a popular form of Vietnamese folk opera, often used in dramatic plays.

Ho Chi Minh City cemetery.
A section of blue graves inside Binh Hung Hoa cemetery in Ho Chi Minh City.

It was her love for theater that led her to another love. Through her performance groups, she met and fell deeply in love with an attractive young man. Theirs was a forbidden love, which the young girl’s father disapproved of. The girl’s father was so unhappy that his daughter had chosen this man as her partner that he worked to have the man drafted to go off to war. This sadly lead to the man’s death.

Small fires burning in the Binh Hung Hoa Cemetery of Vietnam.
A cross adorning a grave with a small fire burning behind it.

Angered and betrayed by her father and suffering from a broken heart, the young girl decided to take her own life. It is said that she committed suicide by jumping into the lake at the Binh Hung Hoa Cemetery, where she drowned. Her body was left sitting in the lake’s waters for 6 days before being discovered.

Fire in Vietnam cemetery.
More fires scattered around the cemetery.

Ever since her death, many claim that she has remained at the cemetery to haunt it. Some have caught sight of her apparition, whilst others have reported that she sings the tunes of her favorite cải lương songs near the lake’s water by night.

Overgrown gravestones.
Graves being grown over by vegetation.

Though the lake has since been filled in and the cemetery continues to crumble and deteriorate around her, many believe that this girl’s spirit remains in sadness at the cemetery.

Binh Hung Hoa Cemetery.
More grave markers lined up in the Binh Hung Hoa Cemetery.

Visiting Haunted Binh Hung Hoa Cemetery

The Binh Hung Hoa Cemetery sits on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It is easily accessible by car. I had read reviews stating that the cemetery was located in an unsafe area, though I did not feel this was the case during my own visit. I would however still take caution when visiting. There are no walls or gates surrounding the cemetery, so it can be accessed at any time of the day or night.

Different types of grave condition in the Binh Hung Hoa Cemetery.
A well-maintained grave right next to one that is completely destroyed.

If you enjoyed this article and want to learn of other haunted cemeteries. I highly recommend checking out the Lothian Cemetery in India, which also has many interesting stories associated with it.

Haunted cemetery in Vietnam on fire.
Surprised to find much of this haunted cemetery on fire.

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Comments (2)

  • Mark Johnson

    Posted by Mark Johnson on November 5, 2019

    Hey Amy,
    Watch out you just kicked fake money that is burned for the families spirits. The locals take care of the loved ones after death by leaving gifts and incense also the mad man is making sure you are not disturbing the spirits. If you disturb the grave you might have really bad luck to evil spirits. My adopted brother from Viêt Nam family member died and was buried on the wrong day and the Buddhist monk made my brother go through a year of rituals otherwise his brother would haunt my brother. If my brother did nothing he would get sick and die that same year. Watch out for I really do believe the spirits really can hurt you by making you feel tired or sick which if your touched by a ghost could lead to death if you don’t keep a good look at the site of where the ghost touched you. Sorry to bore you. I didn’t mean to talk so much.
    Take care, safe, and spooky,


      Posted by Amy on November 7, 2019

      Hey Mark! Thank you for the info. That is all really interesting and very cool of you to share with me.

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