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[Photos] The Transformation of Le Lai Street, 1950-1975

The best way to measure Saigon’s 20th-century evolution is by honing in on the changes of a single street.

From the 1950s onward, District 1’s Le Lai Street, then known as Rue du Colonel Boudonnet, has transformed from a charming colonial road overlooking September 23 Park and the city’s former train station into a bustling connector which joins Ben Thanh Market with the Cong Quynh roundabout a short distance away.

Thanks to Flickr user manhhai, we have a record of the street’s development over the years. Here’s a look at Le Lai from the 1950s through 1975:

1950s.

1959.

 

1959.

1961.

Date unknown.

1965-1966.

1966.

1966.

Date unknown.

1970.

1972.

1972.

1975.

[Photos via Flickr user manhhai]


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