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Framing Saigon (Ho Chi Minh)

Saigon, Ho Chi Minh, Thu Thiem bridge
Saigon from Thu Thiem bridge: Taken from the new Thu Thiem bridge (opened to traffic on 9 January 2008), this shows on the skyline the centre of Ho Chi Minh City (still refered to by locals as Saigon.) The bridge will allow the development of the left bank and presumably it won’t be long before this shanty is removed.
Photo by @saigon

Saigon, Ho Chi Minh, City Museum
Entrance to Ho Chi Minh City Museum, Saigon: Called Gia Long Palace before the Fall of Saigon, it was the office of President of the Republic of Vietnam Ngô ?ình Di?m when he returned to Vietnam after the Geneva Conference in 1954 and was the last place he worked before he was murdered in a coup d’etat in November 1963. The successor presidents still worked here until the completion of Reunification Hall.
After the Fall of Saigon, the palace was turned into a museum.
Photo by yiping lim

Saigon, Ho Chi Minh, Mini Moke
Mini moke in Saigon: It will not be easy to find a second one in Vietnam…
Photo by kris_b

Saigon, Ho Chi Minh, Sunset
Sunset in Saigon
Photo by pamito

Saigon, Ho Chi Minh, Heavy Traffic
Saigon Crowd: Typical Saigon downtown view
Photo by jensaar

Saigon, Ho Chi Minh, Traffic
Saigon craziness: I walked through the middle of that without batting an eyelid.
Photo by Rock Portrait

Saigon, Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh: Family photo? Ho Chi Minh is referred to as ”Uncle Ho“ by most Vietnamese. A good example of how the Communist revolutionaries were able to manipulate the people. I suspect most Vietnamese would be horrified if they knew the truth about him.
Photo by Rock Portrait

Saigon, Ho Chi Minh, Communist Statues
Communist style statues outside the Saigon Post Office
Photo by kirk siang

Saigon, Ho Chi Minh, market woman
Saigon was a city of unbridled capitalism – which is ironic for a nominally Communist country. It was impossible to walk for even a few metres and not be offered something to buy. There were women everywhere, carrying these huge crates on the bamboo poles over their shoulders, with every kind of fruit and drink for sale.
Even when taking a well deserved rest they were on the look out for customers.
Photo by amirjina

Saigon, Ho Chi Minh, The People Committee
Saigon by night: The People Committee
Photo by nguyen trung

Saigon, Ho Chi Minh, Notre-Dame Basilica
Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica: Established by French colonists, the cathedral was constructed between 1863 and 1880.
This is the site where the statue in front of the cathedral (directly behind where I took this photo), apparently shed tears in 2005. During October 2005, the statue was reported to have shed tears, attracting thousands of people and forcing authorities to stop traffic around the Cathedral. However, the top clergy of the Catholic Church in Vietnam confirmed that the Virgin Mary statue in front of a cathedral did not shed tears, but this did not fail to disperse the crowds which flocked to the statue days after the incident occurred. The reported ‘tear’ on the statue flowed down the right cheek of the face of the Virgin Mary statue.
Photo by yipinglim

Saigon, Ho Chi Minh, Notre-Dame Basilica
Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica
Photo by eurodrifter

Saigon, Ho Chi Minh, Notre-Dame Basilica
Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica
Photo by timlam18

Saigon, Ho Chi Minh, Little Girl
Little Woman
Photo by Quinn Ryan Mattingly

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