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Saigon through 300 years in photos

16:13 | 30/06/2020

Photos and paintings generalizing the development of Saigon since the first days being reclaimed by Vietnamese people until today are on display in Nguyen Hue walking street, Ho Chi Minh City, starting June 27. 

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saigon through 300 years in photos
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The “Saigon – Ho Chi Minh city over 320 years of culture and history” photo exhibition is being held in Nguyen Hue walking street, Ho Chi Minh city, celebrating the 44th anniversary of Saigon - Gia Dinh were renamed Ho Chi Minh City (July 2, 1976 - July 2, 2020).

The 100 photos on display show the city’s cultural, social, economic and urban development from its inception to the renewal and present period. The photos are categorized into topics such as The ancient Saigon Seal, Saigon Hao - Cho Lon - Gia Dinh, Ho Chi Minh City.

saigon through 300 years in photos
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Under the theme of the ancient Saigon Imprint are paintings depicting people, craft villages, and daily life, etc., of the land of Saigon - Gia Dinh in the early period, when the first groups of Vietnamese people came to reclaim the land more than 300 years ago.

In the picture is the painting of the casual costumes of Vietnamese immigrants in the 17th- 18th century, who followed the Nguyen Lord army to reclaim and set up a hamlet in the southern land.

saigon through 300 years in photos
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Candidates sitting for exam in the Gia Dinh exam school in the 19th century. This place is now the are of the Youth Cultural House on Pham Ngoc Thach Street (District 1).

saigon through 300 years in photos
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A family meal of Saigon people in the 19th century.

saigon through 300 years in photos
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The Notre Dame Cathedral, the outstanding architectural work of Saigon was built by the French in 1877, which attracts many visitors every day. After over two decades of existence, the church remains intact and still retains its own unique beauty.

saigon through 300 years in photos
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The Norodom Palace built in 1868 no longer existed today after the 1962’s bombing incident. As it could not be restored, the old Norodom Palace was re-designed by architect Ngo Viet Thu and re-erected at the same location and named Independence Palace.

This building is now known as the Unification Hall, which witnessed many historical events of Saigon.

saigon through 300 years in photos
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Aerial view of the center of Saigon – Ho Chi Minh city since the French colonial era and today clearly show the development of the city after a century. This area is now the District 1.

saigon through 300 years in photos
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The Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal flowing through the Kieu Bridge are taken in 1955 and today. The canal is about 10 km long, heavily polluted in the 1980s, with slums lining the two shore. The canal is at present has been renovated, with embankments and parks along the banks and no longer polluted as it used to be.

saigon through 300 years in photos
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Bird-eye view of Cho Lon market, the left one was taken in 1950 while the right one is taken in 2020. The market was built by the Chinese community, it was once a city next to Saigon. Since its inception, Cho Lon market has been growing busier and busier to this day.

saigon through 300 years in photos
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A tank heading to the gate of the Independence Palace on April 30, 1975, marking the end of the war and reuniting the country. Independence Palace on April 30, 1975, marking the end of the war and reuniting the country.

saigon through 300 years in photos
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Saigonese visit Nguyen Hue Flower Street which was first organized in 1981 after the country's reunification. Over the years, the flower festival becomes an annual event every Lunar New Year, giving the city one more unique cultural feature.

saigon through 300 years in photos
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Over the past 45 years, Ho Chi Minh City has gradually developed, playing a pivotal role as the largest city in Vietnam. In the picture is the District 2 and Binh Thanh district, which are separated by the Saigon river.

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