Vanishing Saigon

Sights, stories and secrets from Vietnam’s most dynamic city

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Month: June, 2010

Ngã Sáu Church

22 June, 2010 (12:56) | Religious Sites | No comments

This candy-pink church was inaugurated in May 1928 by Father Huỳnh Tịnh Hướng and dedicated to St. Joan of Arc. A stone representation of the saint herself guards the main entrance to the church. Those neon lights beneath her are illuminated at night. The Gothic-style church was built on a former Chinese graveyard. The church’s […]

Petrus Ky Mausoleum

14 June, 2010 (12:33) | Historical Sites | 1 comment

One of Southern Vietnam’s often forgotten historical figures is Jean Baptiste Petrus Truong Vinh Ky, the academic and major proponent of the use of the Quoc Ngu language. Born in Vinh Long Province in 1837, Petrus Ky showed great promise in school and was sent to Penang, Malaysia for his university studies. With an elite […]

Chinese Wedding Decorations

8 June, 2010 (12:40) | On the Street, Shopping | No comments

Bright colors and paper orbs decorate the shops on Hai Thuong Lan Ong. This street features a block of shops selling Chinese wedding decorations. The bright decorations, mostly red, and simple shapes hanging from every wall and ceiling of these shops give the air of a block full of parties rather than stores. It’s traditional […]

Saigon Railway

1 June, 2010 (11:05) | Historical Sites, On the Street | 6 comments

Ben Thanh Market with train station in the far left The Saigon railway was the first in Indochina, built by the French from 1881 to 1885 with the first rail covering the 71km journey from Saigon to My Tho, the entryway to the Mekong Delta. Those familiar with train travel in Vietnam know that if […]