Notre Dame Cathedral to Undergo Major Roof Renovation

With the recent approval of the municipal government, Saigon’s Notre Dame Cathedral will begin a major roof renovation project as early as next year.

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A Brief History of Saigon's Independence Palace

Fifty years ago today, South Vietnam’s then-president Nguyen Van Thieu inaugurated the city’s Independence Palace on October 31, 1966.

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[Photos] A Final Look at Binh Tay Market Before Its Renovation

Will a major upcoming renovation affect Binh Tay Market’s distinct Chinese-style architecture?

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[Photos] What's Left Inside Saigon's Iconic Tax Center

The Saigon Tax Center, a historic icon of old Saigon, has been reduced to a metal skeleton and heaps of rubble.

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Demolition of Saigon Tax Center Officially Starts Today

As you’re reading this, Saigon’s iconic Tax Center is meeting its ultimate demise, making room for a new, 40-story skyscraper.

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Date With the Wrecking Ball: The Cercle Sportif Saigonnais

Local conservation groups have expressed concern about a plan approved by the Ho Chi Minh City Labor Culture Palace to demolish the much-loved 1925 Cercle Sportif Saigonnais and replace it with a state-of-the-art cultural and sporting facility featuring “green architecture” designed by GK Architecture and Nikken Sekkei.

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The Story Behind Cho Ba Chieu

Ba Chieu is an old, bustling local market with nostalgic charm. Built in 1942 in what is today’s Binh Thanh District, Ba Chieu Market has remained largely the same despite Saigon's rapid urbanization and development. However, even nearby residents know little about the history of the market and why it is named Ba Chieu.

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HCMC Begins $2m Restoration of 200-Year-Old Pagoda

A 200-year-old pagoda in District 11 is getting a long-overdue makeover after Ho Chi Minh City authorities recently greenlit a renovation project.

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[Photos] 1971 Vung Tau Through the Lens of an Australian Serviceman

Today, Vung Tau is well-known throughout southern Vietnam as a quaint coastal town that offers tourists from nearby provinces an affordable, convenient location for a short trip that’s just enough to relieve the stress of a hectic work week. This photo collection takes us back to an era before the town’s rapid commercialization in the 1990s.

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Historic Nam Dinh Textile Factory, Once Indochina’s Oldest, Meets the Wrecking Ball

One of the largest remnants of France’s colonial legacy in Vietnam will soon meet its end.

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[Photos] Saigon’s 81-Year-Old Downtown Mosque, 1958-1979

As high-rises go up and Saigon’s historical buildings come down, more than a few of District 1’s landmarks have disappeared. The Jamia Al-Musulman Mosque, however, remains in the heart of the city, rubbing shoulders with souvenir shops and fancy restaurants along Dong Du Street.

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