Vietnam-War Saigon: Then and Now Shots of Notre Dame Cathedral.

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.

A wedding photo taken in the same spot as the below photo.

A wedding photo taken in the same spot as the below photo.

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.

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A barefooted boy in the same spot in 1966 (Tom Briggs, pbase.com)

It was even more interesting as I had taken the below photo in exactly the same spot the day before:

In the same corner, outside Notre Dame cathedral in Saigon.

In the same corner, outside Notre Dame cathedral in Saigon.

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.

This photo was also taken in the same corner on another day with three Vietnamese woman wearing Ao Dai, for a photo shoot.

This photo was also taken in the same corner on another day with three Vietnamese woman wearing Ao Dai, for a photo shoot.

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