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Old Saigon Building of the Week: Hotel Majestic Saigon

The 92-year-old Hotel Majestic has seen many incarnations, most notably becoming the first Vietnamese managed five-star hotel in Saigon. But the rest of the building’s nine-decade existence has been just as rich.

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[Photos] Gia Long High School and 100 Years of Female Education

Before becoming the prestigious Nguyen Thi Minh Khai High School of today, this District 1 institution used to be home to Gia Long, once Saigon’s most well-known school for girls.

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[Photos] Take a Stroll Down the Streets of Saigon in 1970

The streets of today's Saigon were considerably different from what they were in 1970: fewer cars and motorbikes, and more live pythons.

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[Photos] Saigon Then & Now: Chợ Cũ

In today's Saigon, Chợ Cũ on Ton That Dam Street might appear like a derelict wet market, but in its heyday, the street used to be home to a bustling commercial area where merchants from all over Southeast Asia, India and China convened to conduct business.

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[Video] A Rare Look Into Indochina From the French Perspective

It’s not particularly difficult to seek out a good collection of old Saigon photos, as the city has always been a muse for photographers from all walks of life. However, old video footage of the country might be a little harder to procure, which makes this documentary about Indochina under French occupation a rare find.

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Saigon Notre Dame Basilica Set to Receive $4.4m Makeover

Though there is not yet an official start date, Saigon's Notre Dame Basilica is set to undergo a major renovation in future.

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[Photos] Vietnam’s Last Imperial Wedding

The wedding of Emperor Bao Dai, Vietnam’s final monarch, and Empress Nam Phuong was one for the ages.

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[Photos] The Vibrant Past of Saigon's Quach Thi Trang Roundabout in the 1960s

From the city’s early days until recently, Saigon’s Quach Thi Trang roundabout has always been a muse for traveling photographers.

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[Photos] Vintage Postcards Capture the Beauty of Vietnam Through the Eras - Part 1

From this eclectic set of postcards, one can learn a lot about Vietnam’s progress through the eras.

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Street Cred: The Tumultuous Life of Dinh Tien Hoang

Dinh Bo Linh – also known as Dinh Hoan or Dinh Tien Hoang – was a sterling emperor who is one of the main figures in Vietnam’s long history of struggle against occupying Chinese forces. In today's Saigon, his legacy is honored by two thoroughfares that connect the city's central area with peripheral districts.

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In Search of Lost Time: The Story of Vietnam's Single-Screen Cinemas

Once upon a time, like the rest of the world, Vietnam’s metropolises were home to a plethora of single-screen cinemas. Unfortunately, with the arrival of television, VCRs and DVD players, these relics of a bygone era have gradually been knocked down and repurposed.

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