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Cathédrale Notre-Dame Saïgon

Location voitures Saigon

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Indochine Sud Est Asiatique

Lait SucrÉ Concentré Rosy Saigon

Cigarettes Bastos

Savon Viet-nam

Jeunes filles dans un taxi Lambretta de Saïgon

Couple Saïgon

Autoradio Philips Saigon

Brodart-Le Bougnat Saigon

Restaurant Night-Club La Cigale Saïgon

The Far East Air France

Velosolex 330 Saigon

Etablissements Bainier Indochine

Le Garage Charner Saïgon

Mobylettes bleue Sa´gon

Cigarettes Melia Saigon

Femme Vietnamienne Saigon

Savon Vietnam Saigon

Brodart rue Catinat Saïgon

Carrefour Renault-Dauphine Volkswagen Coccinnelle Saïgon

Bastos the quality cigarette

Sa´gon Photo

Cinema Cathay Saïgon

Indochine Sud-Est Asiatique 1953

Militaires sud-vietnamiens

Librairie Albert Portail

Rue Catinat

Imprimeries et Librairies Indochinoises Saïgon

Citroën 2 CV & Vélosolex à Saïgon

La terrase café de Saïgon

La Croix du Sud rue Catinat Saïgon

H˘tel Majestic

La Pharmacie Centrale de Sa´gon

Souvenir de Sa´gon

Cinema de Sa´gon

Groupe Scolaire Jaureguiberry

Cô-bà Pachod Frères Saïgon

Boulevard Charner Sa´gon

Le Docteur Irwin S. Leinbach devant son Ambulance Peugeot de l'Hôpital Cho-Ray de Saïgon

Arrêt des autobus Boulevard de la Somme à Saïgon en 1946

Mobylettes Saïgon novembre 1967

Transport en autobus

jeunes sa´gonnaises

Le riz Indochine

Bureau des PTT de  Saigon

Vue sur le Boulevard Bonard de Sa´gon

Soldat Francais en mobylette Saïgon

Palace Hotel Saïgon

Depuis le café de la "Pointe des Blagueurs" la station maritime Mobil

publicitÚ Coca-Cola Saïgon

Manifestation dans Saïgon

Carrefour du Centre Ville de Saïgon

Bireleys Saigon

Garage Charner Saigon

Peugeot 203 Saigon

Air Vietnam Saigon Paris

Ford Vedette Saïgon

Policiers sud-vietnamiens

La Poste de Sa´gon

Saïgon 15 Février 1953

Solex Famililal à Saïgon

Vendeuse dans une ruelle de Saïgon

Le Boulevard Charner

Camion Renault Saïgon

Albatros Saigon

Renault Vietnam

Manifestation dans Saïgon

Manifestation dans Saïgon

La Croix du Sud rue Catinat Saïgon

Vendeuses de fruits & LÚgumes dans Sa´gon

La Banque B.N.C.I de Sa´gon

Les établissements Boy Landry Saïgon

Madame Poizat devant le Continental Palace Saigon

Bata Saïgon

magasins Vièn Dông

Place Pigneau de Behaine et la Cathedrale de Saigon

Militaires sud-vietnamiens

Velosolex Saigon

Chaussures Bata Saigon

Cathedrale Notre Dame Saigon

Cigarettes Nationales

Boulevard Charner au fond l'Hôtet de Ville de Saïgon

Cigarettes Mic Extra Cholon

Peugeot 203 Ó Sa´gon

Camionnette Renault avec une saïgonnaise

policiers de Saïgon

Saigonnaises sur les trottoirs de Saïgon

La Cathédrale Notre Dame Saigon

Cinema Rex Saigon

Taxi Cyclomoteur Saïgon

Jeune Fille de Saïgon

La semaine Saigon avril 1967

Saïgon in 1973

Sur le bord de la riviere Saïgon en 1963

Souvenir de Sa´gon

Cigarettes Melia

Air Vietnam Saigon 1952

Un enfant sur un cyclo-moteur

Le Café "Pointe des Blagueurs

Soldat Francais en Velosolex

Etablissement Lucien Berthet Catinat Saïgon

Grands Magasins Charner Saïgon

Colonel Revon rue Catinat Saïgon 1952

Halles Centrales de Saïgon

Cinema Bonard Saïgon

Souvenir de Sa´gon

Solex Mobylettes Sachs Saigon

Grande Pharmacie de France à Saïgon

Depuis le café de la "Pointe des Blagueurs" la station maritime Mobil

Couple Saigonnais

Garage Bainier Saigon

Cigarettes Nationales

Société Indochinoise de Diffusion Technique

Cosara Saigon

Etudiants Vietnamiens

Ligne Saigon-Cholon

Savon Viet-nam

Moine Boudhiste avec un éventail Bière Larue

Policiers sud-vietnamiens

Marin vietnamien sur un Vélosolex à Saïgon

Vendeuse dans les rues de Saïgon

Le Monuments des Soldats détruit en 1975

Citroën 2 CV & Vélosolex à Saïgon

Boulevard Charner au fond l'Hôtet de Ville de Saïgon

Etudiants place Francis Garnier Saigon

En Solex 2200 à Saïgon

Peugeot 203 Publiciité Jean Comte Saigon

Le tramway remontant la rue des marins à Saïgon

Librairie Albert Portail

Saci Forges Ateliers et Chantiers Indochine

Cyclomoteur-Taxi Sa´gon

Chez Brodard

Jeune Garçon de Saïgon

College Chasseloup Laubat in 1947

Boulevard Charner Saigon 1948

Catinat cine Saïgon

Bastos the quality cigarette

Cathedrale Notre Dame Saigon

Cathedrale Notre Dame Saigon

Taxi Peugeot 202 Saïgon

Sœur dans un Orphelinat de Saigon

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Drapeau francais

Charner Boulevard
(now Nguyễn Huệ)

Vice-Amiral Charner Saïgon

Named after Admiral Charner, who on February 15th, 1862, liberated the besieged French in Saigon with a Spanish contingent of 300 men.
L├ęonard Victor Joseph Charner was born on february 13th 1797 in Saint-Brieuc and died on february 7th 1869 in Paris.

Marin Fran├žais Boulevard Charner Sa├»gon Marin Fran├žais Boulevard Charner Sa├»gon Boulevard Charner Sa├»gon

City Hall

City Hall built in 1907 by Paul Gard├Ęs and decorated by Ruffier, remains one of the most beautiful colonial buildings of Saigon.
Today, it is still the Popular Committee Administration of Ho Chi Minh City.

Hôtel de Ville de Saïgon Saigon City Hall


Charner Boulevard

Le Boulevard Charner vu depuis le quai Le Myre de Villers Saïgon

This runs parallel to Catinat Street and goes from City Hall to the Myre de Villiers embankment. Originally, in 1860, this boulevard was a canal, and was filled in in 1887 following a decision by the Colonial Council for the Development of the Capital of Cochin China.

Boulevard Charner vu de l'Hôtel de Ville de Saïgon

The compartmentalized houses along this boulevard have shops on the ground floor and living quarters above.
These structures made the fortune of Chinese developers and Indian builders. Indians were in Indochina as Muslim fabric merchants for the rich, worldly people of the colony or as Christian employees from Pondicherry, employed by the colonial administration. Money-lenders of Hindu origin were called Chettys or Chettiars. It was the latter who would finance the big work projects of Saigon.
In 1880 there was a Chetty temple that was also a Central Bank office.
After the French left, the Chettiars returned to independent India, but an Indian mosque still remains on Admiral Dupr├ę Street (now Dong Du), as well as the Mairammam Hindu temple on Ohier St. (now Truong-Dinh).

H├┤tel de Ville Sa├»gon  Ford Vedette Citro├źn Traction Le Boulevard Charner Saigon


Hôtel de Ville de Saïgon Boulevard Charner Saïgon Renault 4CV & Dauphine Boulevard Charner Saïgon

Catinat Hotel

Hotel Catinat Saïgon

Side walk Caf├ę

La terrasse Cafe Saïgon

Thanh Bach Restaurant

La terrasse Cafe Saïgon

Thanh Bach Restaurant is one of the many sidewalk coffees on Bonard Boulevard (Le Loi).

On Charner Boulevard
in 195O

En 1950 le Boulevard Charner Saïgon

The Charner Department Store

Grands Magasins Charner Saïgon

"French articles" were sold at the "Grands Magasins Charner" at the corner of Bonard and Charner Boulevards, a branch of the ÔÇťSoci├ęt├ę Coloniale des Grands Magasins ┬╗(Colonial Department Store Company), which would become the ÔÇťUnion Commerciale Indochinoise & Africaine ÔÇô LUCIA (The Indochinese and African Commercial Union), located at :
- " 135 Charner Boulevard.

Grands Magasins Charner Saïgon

Different departments :
GroceriesÔÇô Tobacco and Cigarettes- Cosmetics- FabricsÔÇô Stationery
- Clocks and WatchesÔÇô Photography
- Insurance.
With the exclusive representation of the following brands :
Otard Cognac, Pommery & Greno Champagne, Suze Gentiane, Pernod Pastis, J.Walker Whisky, Martini Vermouth, Patriache Wines, Vitrac Fruits, Le Baudy Sommier Sugar, Cho Meunier Chocolate.
Max Factor, Lanvin, Lanc├┤me, P├ętrole Ann.
Kl├ęber-Colombes Tires, Soubitez, Tecalemit, Motob├ęcane.
Singer, Eternit, Teppaz.
The French Tobacco Authority,
La Nationale Life Insurance, Ph├ęnix Transports & Life Insurance.
Succursales : Saigon, Haiphong, Hanoi, Phnom-Penh, Tourane, Hong-Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, Tangiers, Casablanca.
The Inspector General for the Far-East
Manager :
William Thibault de Chanvalon

The Charner Department Store
G.M.C. after renovation
(now Thuong Xa Tax)

The Charner Department Store Saigon Cr├Ęme Agartha, Charner Department Store Saigon The Charner Department Store Saigon

Le Loi Circus

Grands Magasins Charner Saïgon

The Glacier P├┤le Nord
North Pole

Le marchand de glaces Pôle Nord à Saïgon Le marchand de glaces Pôle Nord à Saïgon Glacier Pôle Nord

Going back up Charner Boulevard, there used to be a building that was the "Bainier Garage" (Auto Hall) headquarters of Citro├źn since the 30's.

Garage Bainier Citroen Saïgon

Auto Hall

Bainier Garage Saigon Etablissements Bainier Indochine Auto-Hall Saigon


Rosengart Ariette Saïgon

Rosengart, the car who runs
After the war the Bainier Garage will be the dealers of the french cars: "Unic, Delahaye, Rosengart and Motoconfort".

Mobylette Motoconfort

Mobylette Saigon

Now Auto Hall...
is Rex Hotel
Before 1959

Abraham Lincoln Library

Initially the Rex Hotel was the A. Lincoln library.
The famous Hotel “Rex”, built in 1959, belonged to Mr. & Mrs. Ung Thi (who were King Bao Dai's relatives) who also owned the “Rex Cinema” where films from the western world were shown.

Rex theater

Dalida Th├ę├ótre Rex Sa├»igon

In July of 1962 the Italian-French singer Dalida put on several gala events in Vietnam notably at the Rex Theater as well as at the Hotel Caravelle.
But this tour would be plaqued by complications: the local authorities interrupt her show during a rendition of "La Le├žon de Twist" (The Twist Lesson), in these troubled times this song is considered to be a political act! Nevertheless, Dalida is idolised, and the streets of Saigon are jammed by her presence.
She is accompanied by her friend: the actor and painter Jean Sobieski.

Rex film theater

Cinema Rex Saigon

The american movie "Marriage on the Rocks ", with Frank Sinatra, Deborah Kerr, Dean Martin, and Trini Lopez on december 1965.

Cinema Rex Saigon Deux hommes dans la ville Cinema Rex Saigon

The french movie "Two men in town" (K├ę S├ít Nh├ón), with Jean Gabin & Alain Delon, was played at the Rex film theater on october 1974.

The mini Rex

Le Roman de Marguerite Gautier, Camille, Alexandre Dumas

Saigon Francophilia

Cinema Rex Saigon

French-language film rank among the most popular at the Rex theater in downtown Saigon. Despite years of French colonialism, one Vietnamese business explained, "France is still the country of our dreams... The Americans are too arrogant and do not understand the importance of our feelings."
Aug 9, 1973 Associated Press.

Rex Hotel

Rex Hotel, Renault 4 CV, Velosolex, Traction Citro├źn H├┤tel Rex Sa├»gon

During the sixties the Hotel Rex was occupied by American army officers.

Rex Hotel Pool

Cinema Rex Saigon

American Soldiers at Rex Hotel Pool in 1969.
The owners of the Rex chain lived out the end of their life in suburban Paris after their property was confiscated by the new r├ęgime in 1975.
The Opium Administration was at number 2; it collected, in the name of the French Government, the profits from the opium trade, which had been farmed out to the Chinese merchants since the creation of Charner Boulevard.


Saint-Grall Saïgon

- at 31 Crystal and Porcelain

La Reine P├ędauque

Reine P├ędauque Sa├»gon

- at 34 "Reine P├ędauque" Rotisserie

Catinat Hotel

Catinat Hotel Saigon

- at 36 Catinat Hotel
(in 1955 Nguyễn Huệ Boulevard)

Bar Le Bristol

- " 80 Bar "Le Bristol"

Les magasins de Saïgon Les Banderoles de Films en 1948 Saïgon

Restaurant Aterbea

Restaurant Aterbea Saigon

- " 84 Restaurant "Aterbia"
- " 86 Bar-Restaurant "Au Club"

Saigon Garage

Saigon-Garage Simca Simca 8 Saigon-Garage

A Simca 8 convertible at the Saigon Garage during the inauguration of the Automobile Show at the Press and Information Office on September 20th, 1949.

(S.E.I.C.) "Saigon Garage"
Head office: 92 at 102 Charner Boulevard &
11/23, Francis Garnier Square.
Branches: Phnom Penh and Dalat
Manager: Mr.Desmond

Place Francis Garnier Sa├»gon Citro├źn 2 CV & V├ęlosolex ├á Sa├»gon

Eden Passage

Soci├ęt├ę Indochine Luminescence
& Radio (I.L.E.R.)

Soci├ęt├ę Indochinoise de Diffusion Technique

- " 104 in the Eden Passage the "Soci├ęt├ę Indochine Luminescence" Philips & Claude Light.
S.D.I.T. Branches : Phnom Penh-Hanoi-Haiphong


Eden Sports Saïgon

- " 106 in the shopping center "Eden Sports" shop, Haute Couture Lise Polen shop, and "La Maison Rouge perfumery.

Eden film theater

Eden Cinema Saïgon Eden Cinema Saïgon

Lise Polen

Eden Sports Saïgon

on Charner Boulevard

Fleuristes sur le boulevard Charner Saïgon Fleuristes, Camion Renault Boulevard Charner Saïgon

La Maison Rouge

La Maison Rouge Passage de l'Eden Saïgon

- " 116 Air Vietnam agency

Air Vietnam

- " 116 Radialva, Radio, Records, Photos "Pacific Radio"


Charner Garages
"Renault Chevrolet Austin"
131-133 Charner Boulevard

Renault SaigonGarage Charner Saigon Le Garage Charner SaïgonRenault Saigon

The Renault 4cv

Garage Charner Saigon

A Renault 4 CV, ready to be sold to its future owner

Renault Juva 4 au Garage Charner Saigon

A Renault Juva 4 getting a tune-up at the Charner Garage in Saigon

The "Charner Garages" Limited Liabilty Company with a capital of 4.200.000 Piastres. It is located at 131-133, Charner Boulevard.
Phnom-Penh :169, Ohier Street
Banmethuot : route n° 14
Dalat, Kompong Cham
Passenger cars and Heavy trucks
(French) : The French National Authority of the Renault Factories and Coder Trailers.
(Foreign) : Austin, Chevrolet, Cadillac
Managers: Ren├ę-L├ęon & Roger Bordes

Garage Charner Saigon Le Garage Charner Saïgon Renault Vietnam

Inside the Charner Garage

Renault SaigonGarage Charner SaigonRenault Saigon


The Charner Garage in the beginning of the 1960ÔÇÖs

Garage Charner Saigon Garage Charner Saigon

The Charner Garage would no longer sell the Renault brand in the beginning of the sixties, but would be the Cadillac, Austin, and Chevrolet dealer.
131, Nguyễn Huệ (formerly Charner)
Tel : 22.531

Cong-Ty Renault in the beginning of the ÔÇś60ÔÇÖs

Garage Renault Cong Ty Saigon Renault Saigon Garage Renault Cong Ty Saigon

In the beginning of the sixties, Renault would have its own subsidiary and would sell certain models in Vietnam, like the 4 L, the Renault 8, and the Caravelle.
231, Bên Chuong Dong (formerly Quai de Belgique)
Tel: 26.652 & 25.349
59, Lê Thánh Tôn (formerly Lê Loi Street and Spain Street)
Tel: 23.491
Since 2009 the Renault building, on the Belgium wharf, has become a Beer Hall (Bia Bitburger).

Charner Boulevard before 1955

Peugeot 202 on Charner Boulevard Saigon Moto-Cycle on Charner Boulevard Saigon

Nguyễn Huệ Boulevard after 1955
(formely Charner)

Nguyễn Huệ (Charner) Boulevard (Charner) ending in the Saigon River.

Boulevard Charner (Nguyễn Huệ) Sa├»gon

The Saigon Cholon line (CFTI)

Le tramway dans le centre ville de Saïgon Le tramway remontant la rue des marins à Saïgon Tramway Cholon-Saïgon

Saigon station district

Le quartier de la Gare, Peugeot 203 Saigon La Place du March├ę ├á Sa├»gon Peugeot 403 Velosolex Sa├»gon


The ninth meeting of the Colombo Plan
October 21-24, 1957

(Colombo Plan for Cooperative Economic Development in South and Southeast Asia Conference)
Conference Hall in what was formerly the French Chamber of Commerce building.

Conf├ęrence de Colombo Sa├»gon Conf├ęrence de Colombe 24 octobre 1957

"Dien Hall Kong" is located on Ben Chuong Street


The film theaters (Cinemas) of Saigon

Catinat -Cin├ę

Catinat cine Saïgon

During the 1950ÔÇÖs there were about a dozen cinemas in Saigon, not counting those of Cholon. All French, as well as American films were shown in the French-language version, subtitled in Vietnamese and Chinese!
- Cinema A-Sam, 111, Albert 1 st Boulevard

Bonard theater

Cinema Bonard Saïgon

- " Bonard 121, boulevard Bonard

Casino Dakao

Casino de Dakao ard Saïgon

- "Casino Dakao" , Mar├ęchal Foch Square
- " Catinat 151, Catinat street

Casino theater

Cinema Casino Saïgon

- " Casino theater at the corner of Pellerin Street and Bonard Boulevard

Cathay theater

Cinema Cathay Saïgon

- " CathayÔÇŁ, 25 Mar├ęchal De Lattre de Tassigny Street

Catinat Cin├ę

Catinat cine Saïgon

- " Catinat 151, Catinat Street

Eden theater

Cin├ęma Eden Sa├»gon

- " Eden 183, Catinat Street
- " Majestic 13-15-17 Catinat Street

Truong Quoc theater

Cinema Truong Saigon Le tombeur de ces Dames avec Jerry Lewis Saïgon

Olympic theater

Cinema Olympic Saïgon Cinema et Garage Olympic Saigon

- " Olympic 95, Chasseloup-Laubat Street
- " Nam Quang corner of Testard street and Thai-Lap-Than Street
- " Nam Viêt 131, Chaigneau street
- " Saigon Casino corner of Pellerin street and Bonard Boulevard
- " Thanh Binh 343, Colonel Grimaud Street

Van Cam film theater

Cinema Van Cam

- " Van Cam 8, P├ępini├Ęre street (Thi-Ngh├ę)

Parade de Printemps avec Fred Astaire

The "Easter Parade" movie was played at Van Cam film Theater on July 1950.
These theaters were frequented by French expatriates, Vietnamese, French military personnel, and later by Americans.

L'amour en 4eme Vitesse avec Elvis Presley

"Viva Las Vegas", with Elvis Presley (photo taken in 1966)


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