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Saigon's Endangered Heritage Buildings: The Top 10

We’re now over half way through 2015, and what better time to update that depressing list of Saigon built heritage in imminent danger of destruction.

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This Saigon Art Deco Gem Will Shine Once Again

The area around Ben Thanh Market is quickly becoming an epicenter for development. As new buildings rise, such as The One Ho Chi Minh City and the Eximbank Tower, old colonial structures are seemingly...

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Old Saigon Building Of The Week: The Hùng King Temple

The Hùng King Temple at 2 Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm was originally built in 1927-1929 under the name Temple du Souvenir Annamite (“Annamite Temple of remembrance”), primarily to honour the memory of Vietnames...

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Icons Of Old Saigon: Shophouse Architecture

The colonial shophouse, one of Saigon’s most iconic forms of architecture, is in imminent danger of extinction.

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Take A Walk Through Saigon’s 150-Year-Old Sewers

Before Saigon begins to demolish the 150-year-old French-built sewers that lie under the streets of District 1, it looks like the city is allowing select camera crews into the leaky, cockroach-infeste...

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A Second Chance For Tân An Communal House

With so many old buildings being destroyed in the name of development, it's encouraging to learn that one of the city's oldest communal houses, the Đình Tân An at 26 Bis Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm in Đa Kao, h...

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[Photos] How Saigonese Flew In 1965

These photos taken by American photographer, Bill Eppridge, in 1965 capture a day in the life at Tan Son Nhat Airport’s civilian terminal. The original airport, little more than a landing strip, was b...

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The 'Leaning Cathedral' Of Saigon

Soon after its completion, Saigon’s iconic Notre Dame Cathedral developed an embarrassing tilt.

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Old Saigon Building of the Week: 136 Ly Tu Trong

Owned during the colonial era by the Roman Catholic Church, the two-storey French villa at 136 Lý Tự Trọng in District 1 is one of just a handful of surviving French villas on that busy street.

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Ancient Tombs of Saigon: Phan Tan Huynh Tomb

Hidden away at the end of an alley in Phu Nhuan is the forgotten tomb of Marshal Le Van Duyet’s deputy, Phan Tan Huynh.

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Ancient Tombs of Saigon: The Lâm Tam Lang Tomb

Described by one local expert as “a rare surviving vestige of its era,” the tomb of Lâm Tam Lang and his wife in Tao Đàn Park is one of the city’s abiding mysteries.

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15 Nostalgic Photos of Life in 1990s Saigon

When she arrived in Saigon in 1990, Catherine Karnow was introduced to local legends such as General Vo Nguyen Giap by her father, historian Stanley Karnow. Over the past 25 years, she has continued t...

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In Search Of Saigon’s US Vestiges: Part 2

As the international media descends on the city for the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, travel companies report a growing demand from returning American veterans for tours which point out the ...

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In Search Of Saigon’s US Vestiges – Part 1

As the international media descends on the city for the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, travel companies report a growing demand from returning American veterans for tours which point out the ...

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What Does The Future Hold For Petrus Ky’s Mausoleum And Memorial House?

Not yet recognised as a heritage site, the Mausoleum and Memorial House of Pétrus Ký, one of Việt Nam’s greatest intellects, has fallen into a state of disrepair.

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Date With The Wrecking Ball: 606 Trần Hưng Đạo

The grand old villa at 606 Trần Hưng Đạo, one of Chợ Quán’s few remaining heritage buildings, is currently threatened with redevelopment.

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[Video] Inside A 1972 Saigon Áo Dài Beauty Pageant

This short video was filmed at an áo dài beauty contest that took place in Saigon on November 27, 1972 to raise funds for the Vì Dân Hospital project.

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16 Rare Photos That Show Life In Saigon After Japanese Surrender (1945)

These rare photos, taken by John Florea in October 1945, show what life was like in Saigon as Japanese forces laid down their arms following four years of occupation. 

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Date With The Wrecking Ball: Ba Son Shipyard

According to a recent article in Thanh Niên newspaper, the Ba Son Shipyard – Saigon’s oldest and most important maritime heritage site, recognised by the Ministry of Culture and Information in 1993 as...

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Old Saigon Building Of The Week: 32 Hàm Nghi

Notwithstanding its 1939 makeover, the flat iron building at the corner of Hàm Nghi and Hồ Tùng Mậu street is still one of the city’s most attractive colonial relics.