As Vietnam’s National Day (September 2) approaches, let us take a look at some historic places in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City before and after September 2, 1945, which marked the independence of the country from French colonial rule.
Photos collected by Zing.vn.
On August 19, 1945, Viet Minh forces staged a grand meeting in the square in front of the Hanoi Opera House, which directly led to the general uprisings against French rule throughout the country.
The Hanoi Opera House now
Tens of thousands of people gather in Rue Paul Bert (currently Trang Tien Street) in Hanoi on August 19, 1945.
Viet Minh forces surround the Tonkin governor’s palace (currently the Government Guesthouse) in Hanoi on August 19, 1945.
The Government Guesthouse now
St. Joseph's Cathedral in Hanoi on August 19, 1945
The cathedral now
Dong Xuan Market in Hanoi in 1945
Dong Xuan Market now
Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica before 1945
Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral now
Nha Rong Wharf in Saigon before 1945
Nha Rong Wharf now
Ben Thanh Market in Saigon before 1945
Ben Thanh Market now
The building on the right is the former French Colonial Railway Office
The building now
Tan Dinh Market in Saigon before 1945
Tan Dinh Market now
The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden before 1945
Saigon Zoo now
Mong Bridge over Ben Nghe Canal linking Saigon’s Districts 1 and 4 was built in 1893-94.
The bridge now