A wharf on the Saigon River in 1896. Ben Nghe Canal in the 1860s. Nguyen Hue Boulevard in the late 19th century. The entire street was a canal at first, built to lead water from the Saigon River into the city. In 1887, the French filled up the canal to create the boulevard. Vendors on a Saigon street in late 19th century. The Thi Nghe Canal in a photo taken in the 1860s. When they built plans for Saigon, the French only defined the city within the scope of what is District 1 today. A painting of an examination in the 19th century. The Confucian court examination system was introduced during Chinese occupation of the country that lasted almost a millennia and was adopted by subsequent independent dynasties as a civil service exam. The exams at that time had invigilators seated on high chairs and candidates who sat on stools and tables they carried themselves, not to mention bamboo tents they built at home and carried to where the exam was held. The examination venue in this particular painting, is now the Ho Chi Minh City Youth Cultural House on Pham Ngoc Thach Street in District 1. A corner of… Read full this story
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