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Old Saigon Building of the Week: The Glitz and Glam of Tu Do Nightclub

While today’s Dong Khoi Street is peppered with tourist-centric shops and restaurants, just half a century ago, the downtown street was the nightlife hotspot for Saigon’s cool kids to congregate.

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Date With the Wrecking Ball: The Former Secretariat du Gouvernement Building, 59-61 Ly Tu Trong

The project to build a new City Administration Centre behind the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee involves the destruction of several heritage buildings. The art deco office and apartment block at 213 Dong Khoi was demolished in mid 2014 to make way for a “faux colonial” extension to the 1909 City Hall, and now, after several changes of plan, the old French government building at 59-61 Ly Tu Trong has also been condemned to destruction.

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[Photos] Sri Thendayuthapani Temple: The Architectural Footprint of Tamils in Downtown D1

Saigon used to be home to a modest but vibrant Indian diaspora. Despite being an integral part of the city, their history often went off the records.

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[Photos] A Day in the Life of Saigon's Apartment Dwellers

When I arrived here ten years ago, I lived in the Eden Building, until it was destroyed to put in yet another shopping mall. Escalators and lifts in this mall are at a standstill. The corridors are now inhabited by a receptionist who no longer welcomes anyone. Cleaners are busy cleaning already-clean tiles, while guards stand ready to open the door for a customer who never comes. 

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[Photos] Inside Saigon's Gritty 'Vertical Villages'

Is "out with the old, in with the new" the new motto when it comes to Saigon's real estate scene?

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[Photos] Ben Thanh Market in the Motorbike-Free 1920s

Ben Thanh Market is one of Saigon's most famous landmarks, but that doesn't mean it is loved by all.

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[Photos] The 1920s Students of Hanoi’s Indochina University

In Vietnam, “người không học như ngọc không mài” – an uneducated person is like an unpolished gem. From the founding of Ly Nhan Tong’s Quoc Tu Giam in 1076 to the 14th-century Confucian wisdom of Chu Van An and beyond, Vietnam has always placed a high value on education.

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129-Year-Old Nam Dinh Church Destroyed by Fire

On Saturday night, a 129-year-old church in Nam Dinh province caught fire, damaging one of Vietnam’s oldest religious structures.

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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] 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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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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