Feb 28, 2013

City Icons: Saigon

Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City’s icon started off as a grand hotel. The French colonial style building was completed at the beginning of the last century. Named the Hotel de Ville, or City Hall, it catered to French brass during colonial rule.

In 1975 after the war, like Saigon, it was renamed. The Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee building now houses offices for Vietnamese government officials. The interior is not open to the public.

A statue of the city’s namesake, also know as Uncle Ho, sits in the park in front and in between a constant flow of motorbikes whiz by.

What do you consider iconic where you live?

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