Old Saigon

Contemporary photos of historic Saigon

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The Military Court of Region 7 (Tòa án Quân sự Quân Khu 7) at 6 Lê Quý Đôn has had legal connections for some time. Since at least the early 1900’s the building served as the residence for the First President of the Court. Between the French residence and more recently information is a bit harder to come by. (information courtesy of the always knowledgeable Tim Doling).

The Military Court of Region 7 (Tòa án Quân sự Quân Khu 7) at 6 Lê Quý Đôn has had legal connections for some time. Since at least the early 1900’s the building served as the residence for the First President of the Court. Between the French residence and more recently information is a bit harder to come by. (information courtesy of the always knowledgeable Tim Doling).

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Van Thanh Theatre at 360 Cach Mang Thang Tam has been around at least prior to 1975. It has operated as both a traditional theatre and movie theatre in the past and currently serves as the practice area for the Ballet & Symphony Orchestra of Ho Chi Minh City, but it appears it is not open to the general public.

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I was strolling along Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street today and happened to glance down at a manhole cover and spotted this. It was quite surprising to see this steel manhole cover from 1876 with the words Saigon Artillery Branch in French. It is located on the corner of Nam Ky Khoi Nghia and Nguyen Du Streets. A historic area of town for sure, but this is quite a mystery. Anyone out there have any ideas/theories about this?

I was strolling along Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street today and happened to glance down at a manhole cover and spotted this. It was quite surprising to see this steel manhole cover from 1876 with the words Saigon Artillery Branch in French. It is located on the corner of Nam Ky Khoi Nghia and Nguyen Du Streets. A historic area of town for sure, but this is quite a mystery. Anyone out there have any ideas/theories about this?

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We’ve had an example of Compagnie des Eaux et Electricité’s (CEE) work before on the site, but this is the only example I know of in the city where they deviated from the standard design. This building is nearby the former burial grounds of the Bishop d’Adran (Lăng Cha Cả) whose house we profiled here.

I love that they incorporated some traditional design into a very utilitarian building and as I mentioned, I think it’s the only example of its kind in the city.

As a sidenote, does anyone know what the oldest CEE building in town is?

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The building is located on the corner of Nguyen Huu Canh and Le Thanh Ton street (Binh Thanh District). The design of the windows and the small balcony are the most impressive one

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Those houses are located in Binh Tan District. I cant really take the picture of all of them. So I think filming them is the prefect way to show you guys how it is

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A bit of an unexpected locale considering it is Saigon, but tucked between buildings on Cach Mang Thang 8 is an Indian Muslim Cemetery. I am not sure of the origins of this cemetery but it at least predates 1975. There has been a bit of turmoil over this location as local authorities would like to move the cemetery to expand a nearby school (which to the best of my knowledge requires special permission according to Islamic law).