Vanishing Saigon

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Category: On the Street

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 […]

‘Cholon Best Food Town’

27 May, 2010 (10:24) | Food and Drink, On the Street | No comments

While it is neither a ‘town’ nor the ‘best’ food in Cholon, this strip of eateries (an estimated 40 booths in all!) is a charming stop for a cheap breakfast or lunch, but is a hive of activity at night. Serving a variety of dishes, nothing here will set you back more than a few […]

Tò He

24 May, 2010 (11:10) | On the Street | No comments

Increasingly less common these days than in previous years, tò he artists can still be found every so often on the streets of Saigon. Tò he is a kind of toy, made out of sticky rice flour and vibrant dye. The dough is shaped into tiny figures of dragons, roses, animals, people or even cartoon […]

Tam Son Temple

17 May, 2010 (10:42) | On the Street, Religious Sites | No comments

This small temple was established in 1839 by the Fujian Congregation in Cholon. One distinction of the temple is the dominant presence of local woman here. This is because the temple is dedicated to Trú Sanh, the goddess of fertility, leading many childless families to come here to seek the help of the goddess in […]

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