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Monday, September 17, 2012

The beauty of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)

Motorcycle-infested city is Ho Chi Minh
and the riders respect no footwalk...
 Saigon is the old name of Vietnam's capital city now called Ho Chi Minh, a name of the country's national hero who was instrumental to their independence from France. Thus, there is no wonder that most structures in HCMC is European-inspired just like their post office and the  cathedral. Their palace called The Reunification Hall where they once hold governmental functions is so modern that it will not surprise you. There are tourist police who can help one navigate the streets of HCMC which is motorcycle-infested and their parks as well as streets are clean. Here are my random photos of HCMC.

The Reunification Hall

The children following their teacher dressed
 in their national costume called ao dai.

Photo souvenir with the tank...

Resting in a clean park.

The Notre Dame Cathedral

"A French-built Catholic cathedral located in the city centre 
(Dong Khoi, District 1)
next to the Post Office. The cathedral is officially known
as the Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception.
It was constructed between 1863 and 1880,
with all original materials imported directly from France.
The structure features two bell towers,
 reaching a height of 190 feet," says Asia Tour Magazine

Plants I loved.

Maya abounds.

The Post Office.

Yummy bananas sold by a petite woman.

The city hall in the morning...
see The People's Committee hall at night below.

Yes, they have Sampaguita too.

Chancing the Miss Earth 2010 pictorial..

They say thank you. Merci. Muchas Gracias, Salamat
Some inscription inside the Cathedral thanking God for the blessings.

Cooking Class at Saigon Culinary Center

The  People’s Committee Hall at night.
Asia Tour Magazine described this as "
Originally called Hotel de Ville
and now formally re-branded as the People’s Committee Hall,
the structure is a striking cream and yellow French colonial building
that is magnificently floodlit at night.
The statue of Uncle Ho in front is a very popular spot for souvenir photos."

Tasted up to gusto the Dragonfruit...