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Indo China Wars 1945 - 1975. Covering, French Indo China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, etc.

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Old 09-26-2010, 03:32 AM   #106
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sorry one more time, 15 years ago
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Old 10-30-2010, 11:21 AM   #107
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Coming back to the 22 Gia Long building. Last week a friend of mine told me that we may have the opportunity to climb on the top of the building. Meeting at 17h00. And off we go. After some blablabla and some bucks, the guard of the building leads us to the stairs. We expect to climb up to the top, but we are soon pushed into a vintage lift ! One of the VERY FEW that remains in service. It moves, shakes, makes strange noises but here we are. The same journey that had been made 35 years before by people who wanted to flee the announced disaster.

Last floor. The lift opens on a small and rather dark corridor. A few more steps.

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Old 10-30-2010, 11:22 AM   #108
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There is a terrace. Well above the other war time buildings but now swallowed by the surrounding city. I guess very little has changed.



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Old 10-30-2010, 11:23 AM   #109
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So we climb with a ladder. Nobody is supposed to go on the roof. But inside the top part of the building is the mechanism that operates the lift. So a ladder is always at hand.



The feeling is very strange. I am very glad to be there. But at the same time it clashes with the reasons why this place is so interesting…
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Old 10-30-2010, 11:24 AM   #110
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One of the last places that the occupants of the chopper must have seen.

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Old 10-30-2010, 11:25 AM   #111
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And the new face of the city. Now, the highest tower has an helicopter pad...

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Old 10-30-2010, 03:40 PM   #112
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Wow I'm shocked by just how much the skyline has changed since I was there!
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Old 10-30-2010, 04:34 PM   #113
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Excellent sleuthing, good work, great photos.
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Old 10-30-2010, 04:40 PM   #114
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Good stuff NTS , keep up the good work .


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Old 10-31-2010, 05:50 AM   #115
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François,

out of interest, is this building marked/referenced officially as something of importance in the city or has it faded from memory for the majority of the populace?
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Old 10-31-2010, 10:21 AM   #116
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nice to see saigon again, wished i could be there again.
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Old 11-01-2010, 03:33 AM   #117
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Thank you for your comments ! More will be added very soon.

Patrick, the building is just one among the others. Nobody takes interests in that kind of details, unfortunately. This means that since the buiding is in the very center of the city (about 400 m from the Opera House), it is threatened and could be replaced anytime by something more modern.
Actually, I feel like no one really cares about history in Saigon. Profit is the main word.
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Old 11-01-2010, 07:00 AM   #118
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well done, really adds to seeing those old shots. Great work on getting in there
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Old 11-03-2010, 06:59 AM   #119
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Francois, I'm sorry I missed this my friend.

Absolutely sterling work! When, as seems likely, these old buildings are levelled to make way for 'progress' your research and Image archive will be all that remains. An Invaluable and tangible link to the past.

As has already been stressed by so many, please keep up the good work.

Kind Regards, Guy.
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Old 11-15-2010, 08:51 AM   #120
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Hi, Great Photos.

The other entrance of Eden (opposite Rex) was Queen Bees, a Nightclub for G.I's during the War. I have some snaps I'll get up one day! I took before it was levelled.

Look forward to seeing more of your great contributions.

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Patrick,

Thank you for your kind words.

If you have even 2 spare weeks, try to grab you ruck and jump in a plane ! Saigon center is being destroyed as we speak. Even notorious buildings like Eden (just opposite the Continental) was being reduced to ground last march... The place sheltered the NVA representative inside SGN from 1973 to 1975. Among other stories.

Here is Tan Son Nhat (ex Tan Son Nhut !) airport.



The base was first built by the French. In 1962, with US fonds, the base was extended, with the creation of the runways we know. The shelters were also later erected (2 phases).





The yellow building was the base operation center.
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