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Colorized photos show Saigon’s green coverage 100 years ago

Monday, May 18, 2020, 17:31 GMT+7
Colorized photos show Saigon’s green coverage 100 years ago
The black-and-white (top) and colorized (bottom) photos of the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica captured in Saigon, the former name of Ho Chi Minh City, in 1920

A collection of colorized photos capturing Ho Chi Minh City in the previous century has drawn attention from online citizens for showcasing the city’s abundant green coverage back then.

The photos feature famous landmarks in the southern metropolis 100 years ago, including the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, Norodom Palace — the former name of the current-day Reunification Palace — Ben Thanh Market, and the old Saigon Railway Station.

The majority of the original black-and-white photos, which date back to 1920, are believed to have been taken by Léon Ropion, a French official responsible for public works in Saigon at that time.

Only the identity of the photographer who took a photo of the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica remains unknown.

The original photos were found on image hosting site Flickr by the team behind ‘Saigon Viewers’ — a Facebook page founded in February this year to introduce the public to the urban landscape and economic, cultural, and tourist themes of Saigon in the past and present. 

Nguyen Quang Bao, a member of Saigon Viewers, had colorized the monochrome photos using graphics software Adobe Illustrator before they were uploaded to the team’s Facebook page on Friday last week, team leader Truong Chi Minh told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

The photos have since received more than 4,100 likes and reactions and over 3,000 shares on Facebook.

In the comment section, many Facebook users expressed their suprise at the thick coverage of trees in the city during the old time and remarked on how the southern metropolis has changed over the years.

 

The black-and-white (top) and colorized (bottom) photos of the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica captured in Saigon, the former name of Ho Chi Minh City, in 1920.

The black-and-white (top) and colorized (bottom) photos of the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica captured in Saigon, the former name of Ho Chi Minh City, in 1920

 

The black-and-white (top) and colorized (bottom) photos of the old Saigon Railway Station captured in Saigon, the former name of Ho Chi Minh City, in 1920.

The black-and-white (top) and colorized (bottom) photos of the old Saigon Railway Station captured in Saigon, the former name of Ho Chi Minh City, in 1920

 

The black-and-white (top) and colorized (bottom) photos of the Norodom Palace, the former name of the current-day Reunification Palace, captured in Saigon, the former name of Ho Chi Minh City, in 1920.

The black-and-white (top) and colorized (bottom) photos of the Norodom Palace, the former name of the current-day Reunification Palace, captured in Saigon, the former name of Ho Chi Minh City, in 1920

 

The black-and-white (top) and colorized (bottom) photos of Saigon’s city hall, which is currently the headquarters of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, captured in 1920.

The black-and-white (top) and colorized (bottom) photos of Saigon’s City Hall, which is currently the headquarters of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, captured in 1920

The black-and-white (top) and colorized (bottom) photos of the Tau Hu Canal captured in Saigon, the former name of Ho Chi Minh City, in 1920.

 

The black-and-white (top) and colorized (bottom) photos of the Tau Hu Canal captured in Saigon, the former name of Ho Chi Minh City, in 1920.

The black-and-white (top) and colorized (bottom) photos of the Tau Hu Canal captured in Saigon, the former name of Ho Chi Minh City, in 1920

 

The black-and-white (top) and colorized (bottom) photos of the Tau Hu Canal captured in Saigon, the former name of Ho Chi Minh City, in 1920.

The black-and-white (top) and colorized (bottom) photos of the Tau Hu Canal captured in Saigon, the former name of Ho Chi Minh City, in 1920

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