Vietnam-War Saigon: Then and Now Shots of Notre Dame Cathedral.
Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon, built by the French and finished in 1880. The photos below all are taken in the bottom right hand side corner of the cathedral.
On my trips to Saigon (or Ho Chi Minh City), I always enjoy passing Notre Dame Cathedral, which is now a popular spot for wedding, modelling and other photography.
I was interested to discover photos taken in the same place during the Vietnam War, like the one below, taken in 1966 by Tom Briggs, who was then serving in Saigon. His photo shows a barefooted boy outside the Cathedral, with a South Vietnamese soldier lurking around the corner, warily watching proceedings.
It was even more interesting as I had taken the below photo in exactly the same spot the day before:
Other than bullet holes still evident on some of the cathedral’s stonework, the interior and exterior of the cathedral has hardly changed, but outside it, time has most definitely moved on.
Our new film, M.I.A. A Greater Evil. Set in the jungles of Laos and Vietnam, the film deals with the possible fate of US servicemen left behind after the US pulled out of the Vietnam War.
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