on September 16, 2005
Looking at Notre Dame, now with large skyscrapers behind it, you forget you are in Vietnam. The French charm of the building and the Euro-chic of the nearby towering glass skycrapers make HCMC a destination for ever Vietnamese looking to strike it rich. The church is well maintained, which is saying a lot in Indochina, where high humidity, war, and lack of money has ruined many rare sights and made preserving history a distant issue. Notre Dame lives up to its namesake and is a piece of Vietnam's French colonial history worth seeing.
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