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Halifax, Nova Scotia
February 17, 2011
From journal New Year's In Saigon
September 16, 2005
From journal Hectic Ho Chi Minh City
April 23, 2005
The Notre Dame Cathedral was built with the original in mind, and attractive red bricks, as well as the original stained-glass windows, were brought all the way from France to Vietnam. Nevertheless, you will notice that there are no more stained-glass windows in the cathedral; they were destroyed during World War II and only replaced with plain glass.
This Catholic structure is only open to the public during certain hours of the day, but during Sundays, there are services held in both Vietnamese and English attended by people from diverse nationalities.
Right in front of the cathedral is a small square, where a beautiful statue of the Virgin Mary stands. Locals and young children can be seen hanging about the square selling their goods and wares. Note that you may be horded by these persistent vendors.
Facing the square, adjacent to the cathedral, is the Central Post Office. It was built about the same time as the cathedral and is also influenced by French designs and architecture. There is a gigantic clock at the entrance, and a huge picture of Ho Chi Minh hangs right at the end of the spacious interior of the post office.
Both the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office in downtown Ho Chi Minh City represent the influence of the French during their colonial rule over Vietnam and Catholicism in southern Vietnam.
From journal Saigon: Relishing the Present, Reminiscing the Past
by Desiree Koh
June 14, 2002
From journal Ho Chi Minh City -- The New Old Asia
January 25, 2001
From journal Ho Chi Minh City - My Wife's Homeland