Cyclo-pousse, Renault 4CV Saïgon-Janvier 70

Femmes Saïgon 1953

Citroën Saïgon

Asianis le Pastis de Sagon

Soldat Armee Air en solex Saigon 1953

Librairie Albert Portail

Rue Catinat Saigon

Rue Catinat en 1946

Couple Français devant le Café Le Givral Saïgon

Thtre de Sagon

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Imprimeries et Librairies Indochinoises Saïgon

Velosolex 3800 Saigon

Cathedrale Notre Dame Saigon

Bastos la cigarette de qualité

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Place Francis Garnier

Htel Majestic Sagon

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Rue Catinat en 1946

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Marins Français sur le Porte-Avion Lafayette en mai 1953

Souvenir de Sagon

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Air Vietnam Saigon 1952

7 Jours à Saïgon

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Rue Catinat en 1946

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Cyclo-pousse, Renault 4CV Saïgon-Janvier 70

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Rue Catinat en 1946

Thtre municipal de Sagon

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Saïgon 15 Février 1953

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Gendarmes Saigon Indochine

Gendarmes dans la rue Catinat Saïgon Août 1951

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Le Docteur Irwin S. Leinbach devant le Parlement Novembre 1963

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Htel Continental Cyclomoteur 23 Juin 1947

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Café rue Catinat Saigon

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Htel Continental Cyclomoteur Mars 1951

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Đồng Khởi
(General Insurrection Street)
In the 21st century

Nouveau Eden Saigon Hotel Continental Saigon

Left : The Eden shopping center, which took the place of the Eden Passage and its cinema.
Right: The Hotel Continental, since 1880 a witness to the passionate history of Saigon. On the corner of 132-134 Đồng Khởi Street (formerly Catinat) and Law Son Square (formerly Theater Square).
© Photos by Jean-Yves Puyo

Đồng Khởi Street (formerly Catinat) in 2009

Farewell to Catinat Street
and Tu Do Street
Holdovers of the 20th century


Vincom Center B

Centre Vincom B Ho Chi Minh Centre Vincom B Ho Chi Minh Centre Vincom B Ho Chi Minh

Left photo : Information board at the Vincom B construction site in September 2009 at the location of P. Pagès Square on the even side of Đồng Khởi between the Hotel Continental and Notre Dame Cathedral.
Middle photo: Construction of the Vincom Center Towers in September 2009.
Right photo: Inauguration of the shopping center in May of 2010.
© Photos by Jean-Yves Puyo

Centre Vincom B Ho Chi Minh Centre Vincom B Ho Chi Minh Centre Vincom B Ho Chi Minh Centre Vincom B Ho Chi Minh

Left: From the Saigon city Hall at the corner of Lê Thanh Tôn and Nguyễn Huệ (formerly Charner Bld).
Center: Two views- left, taken in May 2010; right, in September 2012.
Right: The Vincom B shopping center in May 2010.
© Photos by Jean-Yves Puyo

The Café Givral in 2009

Cafe-Restaurant Givra Eden Saigon Cafe-Restaurant Givra Eden Saigon

The demolition of the Eden in 2009 and 2010

Cafe-Restaurant Givra Eden Saigon Cafe-Restaurant Givra Eden Saigon

Demolition of the Eden mall and of the restaurant-cafe “Givral”, in Saigon since 1950, and whose motto was “A Treat without Equal…”was located at number 169, Ð?ng Kh?i (formerly Catinat) Street from April 2010 to December 31st 2011.

Cafe-Restaurant Givral Eden Saigon Destruction du Cafe-Restaurant Givral Saigon Cafe-Restaurant Givral Eden Saigon Destruction du Cafe-Restaurant Givral Saigon

The Eden mall in 2009 and 2010

Passage Eden Saigon Cafe-Restaurant Givra Eden Saigon

The Eden mall in April 2009 with its numerous souvenir and antique shops.

The Bookshops

Passage Eden Saigon Librairie Lan Anh Saigon

Left: At number 185 the "Portail" Bokstore was changed to "Fahasa" Bookshop after 1955 .
Right: At number 201, Monsieur Lan Anh was the most pro-French of the Saigon booksellers.

The Pagoda (La Pagode)

Salon de Thé 1953 Agence de Voyages Ho Chi Minh

At number 209, at the corner of Đồng Khởi and number 47 Lê Thanh Tôn (formerly Le Loi St. and Spain St.) was located the "La Pagode" Tea Room whose manager was the famous Monsieur Bédué. Events changed this Saigon institution into a State Travel Agency.

La Pagode à Saïgon Destruction de La Pagode Ho Chi Minh

Demolition of “La Pagode” in May 2010.
© Photo by Jean-Yves Puyo

February 2011, the Eden is demolished

Destruction Eden 2011 Destruction Eden 2011

Demolition of the Eden; nothing remains of the Eden block at the beginning of 2011. Construction of “Vincom Center A” can beginr.
© Photos by Jean-Yves Puyo

The Eden, before and after

Salon de Thé 1953 Rue Tu Do Saigon 1961

Fifty years separate these two photos. Scooters have replaced Velosolexes on Law Son Square (formerly Theater Square), and the “Vincom Center A” has replaced the Eden mall.
© Photo by Jean-Yves Puyo

October 2012, opening of the new “Eden”,
The Vincom Center A

Salon de Thé 1953 Agence de Voyages Ho Chi Minh Agence de Voyages Ho Chi Minh

The disappearance of the city block including , Đồng Khởi (formerly Catinat), Nguyễn Huệ Blvd. (formerly Charner), Lê Loi Blvd (formerly Bonard), and Lê Thanh Tôn (formerly Lê Loi St. and Spain St.) caused the disappearance of most of the small businesses in the “Eden Mall”, to make way for the new shopping center, “The Vincom A”, luxury boutiques and a five-star hotel that opened their doors on October 10 th , 2012, with direct access planned with the future Ho Chi Minh, Ben Thânh-Suôi subway line .
Avec un accès direct prévu avec la future ligne de métro d'Ho Chi Minh Bến Thành- Suối Tiên.
171 Đồng Khởi & 116 Nguyễn Huệ (formerly Charner Blvd.).
© Photos by Jean-Yves Puyo

Law Son formerly Theater and Foray Square

Aux Nouveautés Catinat Saïgon 1950 Magasin Louis Vuitton Ho Chi Minh

At Đồng Khởi number, the store, "Aux Nouveautés Catinat" belonging to Lucien Berthet, became a luxury "Louis Vuitton" store.

Aux Nouveautés Catinat Saïgon 1950 Magasin Louis Vuitton Ho Chi Minh

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The Municipal Theater

Théâtre Municipal de Saïgon 1950 Agence de Voyages Ho Chi Minh

The Municpal Theater was built by the architects Félix Ollivier, Ernest Guichard, and Eugène Ferret in 1900. From 1955 to 1975 it became the Parliament of the Republic of South-Vietnam, and after a successful restoration it is once again a theater.

Posing for photos in front of the Ho Chi Minh Theater 2009 Posing for photos in front of the Ho Chi Minh Theater 2009

Posing for photos in front of the Ho Chi Minh Theater.

The Hotel Continental

Hôtel Continental Saigon Hôtel Majestic Saigon

Built in 1880, the Hotel Continental is the oldest establishment in Ho Chi Minh City. Despite its nationalization in 1975, a statue of Emperor Napoleon 1st remains in the lobby, left by the last Corsican proprietors of the hotel.

L'Hôtel Caravelle

Hotel Caravelle Saïgon 1961 Hotel Caravelle Saïgon 1967

Located at 19-23 Law Square, the Hotel Caravelle opened on December 24th, 1959. The building was originally 10 stories tall. In May 1998, the new building was inaugurated with 25 stories next to the one inaugurated in 1959.

Hotel Caravelle Saïgon 1967 Angle de la rue Dong Khoi et boulevard Le Loi Ho Chi Minh

View from the Hotel Caravelle Terrace

Vue depuis la terrasse Hotel Caravelle Saïgon 2010 Vue depuis la terrasse Hotel Caravelle Saïgon 2011

Left: View from the Hotel Caravelle towards the Continental Palace and the ruins of the Eden Mall building, December 2010.
Right: View from the same location toward the Vincom B Towers, photo taken in 2011

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Saigon Palace
Grand Hotel Saigon

Bata Brodart Rue Catinat Saïgon 1953 Grand Hotel Saigon Ho Chi Minh

Located at number 8 Đồng Khởi (formerly Catinat), the “Grand Hotel” was opened by Henry Chavigny de Lachevrotière, and then became the Saigon Palace under the direction of Patrice Luciani in 1938. Renovated in 1997 it took the name “Grand Hotel Saigon”. At the end of the 1940's it housed the private circle of the Maison des Fonctionnaires .

The Brodart Pastry Shop

Bata Brodart Rue Catinat Saïgon 1953 Pâtisserie Brodart Ho Chi Minh

Located at 131 Đồng Khởi (fmr. Catinat St.) , the Brodart Pastry Shop was founded in 1948. It had several shops in Ho Chi Minh City. Now this is the Sony Center !

Sony Center Hochi Minh Sony Center Hochi Minh

Nos. 2 – 4 Đồng Khởi (Catinat Street)

Denis Frères Saïgon Catinat Saïgon

Nos; 2 - 4 Đồng Khởi (ex Catinat) was the headquarters of the "Denis Frères" Denis Brothers) Company. Now it’s the "Ngûyen Frère" and the "Catinat Café".

Hotel Majestic

Hotel Majestic Saïgon 1969 Hotel Majestic Ho Chi Minh 2010

The Hotel Majestic is located at No. 1 Đồng Khởi (fmr. Catinat), was built in 1925, and was extended on the Ton Duc Thang embankment (fmr. Le Myre de Villiers) at the location of the old building of the “Compagnie Maritime des Chargeurs Réunis”.

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