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[Photos] Take a Trip Back In Time To Ong Lanh Bridge

Believed to be built in the 19th century, Ong Lanh bridge is a name that, upon its mention, often conjures up tales and myths of Vietnamese gangsters and criminals.

Cau Muoi Market, which is located underneath the bridge, was notorious for being the hotbed of crime, gangs and drugs. On the other side of the bridge, another lesser known market called Ong Lanh Bridge Market also existed. 

While one might be taken aback by the area's reputation, it was also a bustling marketplace and home to many Saigon traders and residents. There's a possibility that some of the legends associated with Ong Lanh bridge could also be exaggerated.

The two markets were relocated in 2003 while the bridge was renovated and expanded.  

Take a look at these old photos of the area below:

[Photos via Flickr user manhhai]

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