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Main entrance to the prayer hall that welcomes worshipers into the sanctuary of 1932 Cholon Mosque. Located in District 5, Cholon is a predominantly Chinese district of Saigon and probably the largest Chinatown in Vietnam.

Setting: 18 mm, 1/50 sec, F7.1, ISO Raw 200, 1504 hrs


When you're in Cholon, you can sense the different environment immediately and not only because of the Chinese-language signs. It's where you might have found dark, exotic opium dens and brothels in the French colonial time, the same opium dens and brothels that greeted American troops during Vietnam War. Story has it that a huge number of U.S. troops went AWOL in Cholon during the war. when the fall of Saigon was imminent, U.S. expeditionary forces advertised a period of amnesty for U.S. soldiers in the district, only one dazed and confused soldier came stumbling out....!!

A bustling commercial centre, Cholon is a fascinating maze of temples, restaurants, shopping centres, etc, etc. Gone however, are the opium dens and brothels of earlier days........

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