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.
So with the help of historian Tim Doling we take a step back in time and look at 50 buildings — 50 sites accessible to the general public that chart the development of Saigon into the conurbation it is today. Through this we can see that despite the rapid changes of the past decade, this is a city still hanging onto its soul.
Photos by Charles Barnes, Alexandre Garel, SMM, Nick Ross, Kyle Phanroy and Francis Xavier
To read the rest of this story, please go to the links below:
A Short History of Saigon
Before the French
The Birth of Saigon
After the French
The City Today: Ho Chi Minh City