About Saigon


The highest building Bitexco Saigon

About Saigon- Ho Chi Minh city is the most populous city as well as an important center of economics, culture and education of Vietnam. On the basis of the existing urban area, the Ho Chi Minh City is the largest urban in Vietnam (bigger than Hanoi). Currently, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi capital are special kinds of Vietnamese urban.

cho ben thanh 2Ben Thanh market

This area was once known as Prey Nokor, then the city was expanded thanks to the work on land clearance in southern Vietnam under Nguyen Dynasty. In 1698 , Nguyen Huu Canh established Gia Dinh palace that marked the birth of the city. When the French colony invaded the Indochina to serve the work of colonial exploitation, the city under Saigon name was established and quickly grown to become one of the most important urban in Vietnam, well-known as a Pearl of the Far East or Paris of the Orient. Saigon was the capital of the Indochina Union in 1887-1901 period. In 1954, Saigon became the capital of the Republic of Vietnam and this magnificent city became one of the important cities of Southeast Asia. the Republic of Vietnam collapsed in 1975, the Vietnam’s territory was completely unified. On July 2, 1976, the National Assembly of Vietnam decided to change the name Saigon into ” Ho Chi Minh City “  named after the first President of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam .

Located in the transition zone between the Southeast Vietnam and the Southwest Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City today includes 24 districts, a total area of ​​2,095.06 square km. According to the official census on April 1, 2009, the city’s population is 7,162,864 people ( accounting for 8.34 % of Vietnam’s population ), the average density of 3,419 / km ². In 2011 the city’s population rose to 7,521,138 people. However, if unregistered resident was taken in account, the actual number exceeded 10 million people. Keeping an important role in the Vietnamese economy, Ho Chi Minh City accounted for 21.3 % of total product ( GDP ) and 29.38 % of the total state budget. Thanks to favorable natural conditions, Ho Chi Minh city became an important traffic hub of Vietnam and Southeast Asia, including transportation by road, rail, waterway and air. In 2007, the city welcomed approximately 3 million international tourists that is to say 70 % of visitors to Vietnam. The fields of education, media, sports, entertainment, Ho Chi Minh City always plays the most important role.

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