Vanishing Saigon

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

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Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Post Office

8 November, 2010 (09:20) | Historical Sites, Religious Sites | No comments

Two of District 1’s most prominent and beautiful buildings are located right across the street from each other: the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Saigon Post Office. The Cathedral was built by French Catholics, and financed by the French Government in 1876. The architect was chosen through a contest held by the governor of Cochinchina […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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