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20 Photos of Saigon From the Early 1990s

By the early 1990s, Saigon had yet to emerge from its post-war cocoon. Having lost its colonial sheen and cosmopolitan character, it would be another few yeas before the effects of the Doi Moi reforms would kick in, ushering in the current era of development and modernization.

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These photos were taken by German photographer, Hans Peter Grumpe, on his visits to the city between 1991 and 1993. Though the Saigon lacked polish during these years, the core of daily life doesn’t seem to have changed much - vendors with their goods, mobile barbershops, groups of friends in deep conversation, steaming street food, puttering vehicles – all things we still see everyday on Saigon’s streets.

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