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Hung Kings Festival

Every year, on the The Hung King Temple Festival is held from 8th to the 11th days of the third lunar month. Vietnam celebrates the Hung Kings in a National Festival which is also a legal holiday. Many businesses and schools are closed on this day. This festival is the most importatnt celebration as it … Continue reading »

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I’ll Be Back

I just couldn't resist it! After several trip to Ho Chi Minh City I decided to make just one more trip. Except this one is permanent! I am now living in Ho Chi Minh City and lovin every hot humid day of it. But even as much as I love it, you just have to … Continue reading »

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Hero of Gia Dinh

On the corner of the busy intersection of Dinh Tien Hoang and Phan Dang Luu in Binh Thanh district, sits an unassuming park and small pagoda. The one thing that set this one apart from the others was the two sarcophagus placed before the entrance to the pagoda. They were the sarcophagus of General LeVan … Continue reading »

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Citadel of Gia Dinh

  The French had decided to mercilessly shell the citadel of Gia Dinh. After easily destroying the river barricades and shelling the southeast corner of the Citadel, where most of the Imperial Army’s cannons had been set up, 500 french troops stormed the Citadel which was protected by just 1,000 Vietnamese soldiers from the Nguyen … Continue reading »

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Saigon, A City Of Mystery and Excitement

We often think of Saigon based on old movies we've seen "Good Morning Vietnam!" or other TV shows. But modern day Saigon, or Ho Chi Mihn City, as it is now called, is really a giant megatropolis. The metropolitan area, which consists of the Hồ Chí Minh City metropolitan area, Thủ Dầu Một, Dĩ An, … Continue reading »

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