Ambling through Saigon

Saigon has quite a pleasant feel to it and if you don’t get run over by the crazy traffic there iss plenty to see as well. So here are today’s highlights.

First up the lovely looking town hall with a statue of uncle Ho in the foreground and lots of embellishments on its flanks.

From here I walked to the “Notre Dame de Saigon” a church that looks indeed similar to its namesake in Paris. Nearby is the central post office a gem of tropical colonial architecture that is beautifully restored on both the outside and inside.

From there I made it to the Reunification Palace. This is where the government of South Vietnam plotted their actions in the war and where the war effectively ended when a North Vietnamese tank drove through the gate and the crew raised their flag over the building. Now the palace is preserved as it was then and gives a fairly interesting look at how the government of the day lived and worked.

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