Old Saigon on LIFE magazine

Let’s look back at the past of Saigon through the photos of LIFE magazine. Street stalls, girls in Ao dai or soldiers in the streets are familiar scenery ¬†in Saigon, 1961.

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Tu Do Street (Dong Khoi Street nowadays), one of the most beautiful streets at the heart of Saigon.


A couple on Le Loi Avenue

Bustling Le Loi Avenue


Saigon cyclo


Kid vendor


A suburban family moves to Saigon for living


Girls in Ao dai


Girl is dressed in European suit


Sidewalk stall


Home of the Lower House assembly of South Vietnam, It is now Municipal Theatre


Tu Do-Nguyen Van Thinh Intersection before 1975. It is presently Dong Khoi-Mac Thi Buoi Intersection


Saigon soldiers are going on a patrol in the street


Street corner beer


Imported goods are sold in abundance on the street side


A corner of Le Loi Avenue


An American staff enjoys the morning


Saigon has a lot of cars in 1961

Half century has passed and Saigon has developed rapidly to become the most dynamic city in Vietnam. Travel to Vietnam to see the nice changes of Saigon and remember to obtain a Vietnam tourist visa for your trip.

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