in Vietnam

Journeying Through Đà Lạt and the Central Highlands in 1992

Đà Lạt has always been a highly sought-after traveling destination, like how it was originally designed as a resort town for French officials. These days, however, the hilly Lâm Đồng town has urbanized so quickly that at times it’s hard to believe that here once lived a tree-carpeted enclave.

in Saigon

Rare Film Shots Depict a Fast-Growing Saigon in 1996

Change was in the air in 1996, and the streets purred with development.

Paul Christiansen

in Vietnam

Revisiting the Coats of Arms of Vietnam's Major Cities Under French Rule

Did you know that several Vietnamese cities have coats of arms?

in Vietnam

How the 1st Quốc Ngữ Newspaper Shaped the Foundation of Vietnam's Modern Journalism

Stopping at the intersection of Saigon’s Trần Hưng Đạo and Trần Bình Trọng streets, the tranquil mausoleum of scholar Trương Vĩnh Ký remains hidden amid the daily commotion. Few realize that the visionary resting here, along with his associates and their contributions, laid the foundation for Vietnam's modern journalism with the launch of Gia Định Báo (Gia Định Newspaper).

in Saigon

Hidden in the Heart of D5, an Architectural Vestige of 1970s Vietnam-Korea History

For years now, the verdant pine green pavilion in the heart of Hòa Bình Park in District 5 has been a familiar landmark for denizens of Chợ Lớn.

in Hanoi

Postcard-Ready Vintage Album Highlights a Lonesome Hanoi in the 1920s

Looking at past albums of our cities today, I’m always stricken by a bewildering vastness — every street, every square, every building seemed to have been constructed in a ghost town, serving lonesome phantoms and nonchalant horse-drawn wagons.

in Vietnam

French Illustrated Encyclopedia Paints the Slices of Vietnam Life in the 1900s

"To effectively govern colonial peoples, the foremost requirement is a thorough understanding of the very people one rules over," so believed Paul Doumer, the second Governor-General of French Indochina, who spent his career imposing the imperial French government's agenda on studying the culture of their colonized subjects.

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Khoi Pham

in Saigon

Street Cred: The Ill-Fated Power Couple of Vietnam's Literary Scene in the 1980s

It’s been almost three decades since that fateful day in 1988 when, in a blink of an eye, Vietnam’s literary scene was robbed off two most beloved talents. Luu Quang Vu and Xuan Quynh’s death was some...

in Saigon

Old Saigon Building of the Week: Hotel Majestic Saigon

The 92-year-old Hotel Majestic has seen many incarnations, most notably becoming the first Vietnamese managed five-star hotel in Saigon. But the rest of the building’s nine-decade existence has been j...

in Heritage

[Photos] Gia Long High School and 100 Years of Female Education

Before becoming the prestigious Nguyen Thi Minh Khai High School of today, this District 1 institution used to be home to Gia Long, once Saigon’s most well-known school for girls.

in Heritage

[Photos] Take a Stroll Down the Streets of Saigon in 1970

The streets of today's Saigon were considerably different from what they were in 1970: fewer cars and motorbikes, and more live pythons.

in Saigon

[Photos] Saigon Then & Now: Chợ Cũ

In today's Saigon, Chợ Cũ on Ton That Dam Street might appear like a derelict wet market, but in its heyday, the street used to be home to a bustling commercial area where merchants from all over...

in Asia

[Video] A Rare Look Into Indochina From the French Perspective

It’s not particularly difficult to seek out a good collection of old Saigon photos, as the city has always been a muse for photographers from all walks of life. However, old video footage of the count...

in Saigon

Saigon Notre Dame Basilica Set to Receive $4.4m Makeover

Though there is not yet an official start date, Saigon's Notre Dame Basilica is set to undergo a major renovation in future.

in Vietnam

[Photos] Vietnam’s Last Imperial Wedding

The wedding of Emperor Bao Dai, Vietnam’s final monarch, and Empress Nam Phuong was one for the ages.

in Heritage

[Photos] The Vibrant Past of Saigon's Quach Thi Trang Roundabout in the 1960s

From the city’s early days until recently, Saigon’s Quach Thi Trang roundabout has always been a muse for traveling photographers.

in Vietnam

[Photos] Vintage Postcards Capture the Beauty of Vietnam Through the Eras - Part 1

From this eclectic set of postcards, one can learn a lot about Vietnam’s progress through the eras.

Brian Letwin

in Saigon

Street Cred: The Tumultuous Life of Dinh Tien Hoang

Dinh Bo Linh – also known as Dinh Hoan or Dinh Tien Hoang – was a sterling emperor who is one of the main figures in Vietnam’s long history of struggle against occupying Chinese forces. In today'...

in Vietnam

[Photos] A Rare Glimpse of Life in Hanoi in 1959

It’s hard to imagine what life was like in a motorbike-free Hanoi.

in Vietnam

The Great Hanoi Rat Massacre: The Capital's Brief Stint With the Plague

France left a diverse legacy in Indochina: colonial buildings, flushing toilets and even the bubonic plague.

in Heritage

[Photos] Before the Bitexco Financial Tower, There Was The Old Market

Most Saigoneers today know chợ cũ – the city’s beloved Old Market – as a bustling commercial area spanning a block’s worth of Ton That Dam Street. However, not many are aware that the trading hub used...

Brian Letwin

in Vietnam

Street Cred: Ly Thai To, the Emperor Who Created Hanoi

Ly Thai To – founder of the Later Ly dynasty, Vietnam’s first stable empire – is one of Vietnam’s most important historical figures, so it’s no surprise that his name appears on one of Saigon’s most v...

in Heritage

[Photos] A Trip From Downtown to Rural Saigon in 1970

Have you ever wondered why, while there are plenty of photos of downtown Saigon in the past, one almost never come across snapshots of Go Vap, Thu Duc or even sections of District 5 other than Cho Lon...

in Heritage

After Failed Demolition Attempt, This 100-Year-Old Saigon Villa Is in Disrepair

Remember this beautiful century-old villa? It’s now largely a pile of rubble.

in Heritage

[Photos] 24 Photos of 1968-70 Saigon

How many iconic landmarks can you spot?

in Saigon

Saigon’s Famous Streets and Squares: Me Linh Square

The square known today as Quảng Trường Mê Linh has been home to five different monuments since its inception in the 1860s.

in Vietnam

[Photos] The Glory of Hue in the Early 20th Century

Dated from 1928 to 1936, these rare black-and-white photos offer a glimpse into the opulence of Hue when it was still the capital of Vietnam and the seat of Nguyen Dynasty emperors.