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Gangsters of Saigon: Dai Cathay - Part 1

"First Dai, second Ty, third Cai, fourth The" was a saying about the 4 'kings' of Saigon's gangs before 1975. This implies that the most badass of the group was Dai, also known as Dai Cathay, who became not only the city's most powerful organized crime figure, but also adversary of the government and military of Nguyen Cao Ky and Nguyen Ngoc Loan, respectively.

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Street Cred: Lac Long Quan and Au Co

Street Cred is the rearview mirror by which we’ll explore the meaning behind the signs. Look for it every Friday. Enjoy!

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Quach Dam: The Man Who Shaped Modern Cho Lon, Part 2

This is Part 2 of our series on Quách Đàm. To read Part 1, click here.

By the 1920s, the old Bình Tây Market and much of the surrounding land belonged to Quách Đàm, so he proposed to the colonial authorities the demolition of the existing building and the construction, “on an area of not less than 9.000 square metres,” of a new and much larger Bình Tây Market, to serve as the new central market of Chợ Lớn.

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Quach Dam: The Man Who Shaped Modern Cho Lon, Part 1

Hải Thượng Lãn Ông boulevard (the former quai Gaudot) in central Chợ Lớn preserves several elegant old colonial shophouse buildings, but perhaps the most interesting of all is number 45, once the modest headquarters of Cantonese millionaire and philanthropist Quách Đàm.

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Street Cred: Nguyễn Văn Trỗi

Hey folks! Saigoneer is resurrecting its short-lived series on the street signs of Saigon with a weekly column called Street Cred. Saigon is filled with history and we see signs of it everywhere. Street Cred is the rearview mirror by which we’ll explore the meaning behind the signs. Look for it every Friday. Enjoy!

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Street Cred: Phạm Ngũ Lão

Hey folks! Saigoneer is resurrecting its short-lived series on the street signs of Saigon with a weekly column called Street Cred. Saigon is filled with history and we see signs of it everywhere. Street Cred is the rear-view mirror by which we’ll explore the meaning behind the signs. Look for it every Friday. Enjoy!

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[Slideshow] 15 Old Photos of Markets in Saigon

Supermarkets are becoming increasingly popular in Saigon but traditional markets still reign supreme. They act as the lifeblood of neighborhoods, where farmers from all over Southern Vietnam bring their goods, providing a (usually) fresh source of produce for the city’s residents. This has been the case for hundreds of years for Saigon which, even before French occupation, was the site of the region’s central wet market.

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Fun with Old Vietnamese Lottery Tickets (1942-1944)

Based on some old lottery tickets we stumbled upon, it seems as though the French may be responsible for the tens of thousands of people roaming Vietnam’s streets selling their pink and while slips of hope.

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[Slideshow] 13 Old Pictures of Women in Saigon

With International Women’s Day coming up, we’ve compiled a slideshow of old pictures of women in Saigon. Women have always played a powerful role in Vietnamese society and we hope that as the country continues its rapid development, they will be leading the charge. 

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The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Madame de la Souchère, Saigon's Rubber Baroness - Part 2

There can be few more fascinating figures in the history of colonial Saigon than Madame Janie-Marie Marguerite Bertin Rivière de la Souchère (1881-1963), the widow who defied the social conventions of her time to become an immensely rich yet caring rubbe­­r plantation owner – only to lose everything in the Great Depression. This is Part 2 of her story. Part 1 can be found here.

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The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Madame de la Souchère, Saigon's Rubber Baroness - Part 1

There can be few more fascinating figures in the history of colonial Saigon than Madame Janie-Marie Marguerite Bertin Rivière de la Souchère (1881-1963), the widow who defied the social conventions of her time to become an immensely rich yet caring rubbe­­r plantation owner – only to lose everything in the Great Depression. Here is Part 1 of her story.

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