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[Photos] A Wistful Reel of Life in Vietnam in 1989

Vietnam is evolving fast. It seems like every day in local metropolises, centuries-old buildings are being demolished to make way for new skyscrapers. The photos below, taken by famed photographer David Alan Harvey in 1989, offer a glimpse into the country at the dawn of this period of change.

Taken a few years after Doi Moi began, the photo series reflects a country turning over a new leaf and embracing change while retaining its charm. selected the most quintessential Vietnam experiences captured by Harvey, from weddings to pageants, from holiday festivities to daily routines, from north to south.

Amidst the country’s growing pains, take a look at how far it has come in the last few decades:

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