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Saigon

Built in French Indochina, the Central Post Office is a classic example of Gothic architecture.

The wall fans slowly circulate humid air tinged with the faint scent of sweat and gasoline.

Beams of sun stream from the large windows to illuminate the faded tiles below.

A portrait of Ho Chi Minh, for whom the city is now named, hangs proudly in the center.

His gaze is enticing, kind and gentle, with a hit of a smile.

The large wooden doors are open wide, and from them you can see Notre Dame Basilica.

Its mistress stands guard, solemn but hopeful, bearing witness to the city’s tumultuous history.

The motorbikes pause for no one, fearlessly surging around the buildings like waves in a storm.

The glitzy opulence of Saigon and remnants from Vietnam’s colonial past, are scattered throughout this beautiful yet haunting city. It is evidenced here by the Hotel Continental, where opera viewers can dine with the city’s finest before heading to their evening’s entertainment across the street.

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About Jean C Wong

I am a world traveler, writer, photographer, and teacher. I've lived all over the world and speak 5 languages.

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  1. Great photos Jean. I especially like the Lady statue with the Church steeples on either side. Keep them coming!

    Posted by Ben | November 2, 2010, 4:58 am

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