Developers are trying to give a classic area of the capital a makeover. Yet the 1930s buildings of the past refuse to give way. Words by Katie Jacobs. Photo by David Harris
Beginning Jun. 17 and continuing until Jun. 22, Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts welcomes the works of artist Nguyen Cao Thuong in a stunning representation of history in oil, watercolour and drawings. The traveling artist drew inspiration from countries like Cuba, China, Mongolia and Russia to create incredible depictions of life around the world in the not-so-distant past.
It’s just past 7pm on Friday night and Quan has just got to Polite Pub after his daytime job at a five-star hotel. Every evening, he’s the manager-cum-bartender at this pub that was opened by his parents in 1995.
From the pagodas, museums and European architecture of the city’s recent past to the growing number of skyscrapers looking a little lost among the predominately small-sized buildings, despite the aims of modern architecture Saigon is still determined to keep its charm of old.