Photographer's Note

Chợ Lớn is a Chinese-influenced section of Ho Chi Minh City, former Saigon. It is the largest Chinatown in Vietnam. It lies on the west bank of the Saigon River, having Binh Tay Market as its central market.

The Vietnamese name Cholon literally means "big market".

In 1778, the Hoa, the Chinese minority of Vietnam, living had to take refuge in what is now Cholon because they were retaliated against by the Tây Sơn forces for their support of the Nguyễn Lords. In 1782, they were again massacred by the Tây Sơn and had to rebuild. They built high embankments against the flows of the river, and called their new settlement Tai-Ngon (meaning "embankment" in Cantonese).

Incorporated in 1879 as a city 11 km from Saigon. By the 1930s, it had expanded to the city limit of Saigon. On April 27, 1931, the two cities were merged to form Saigon-Cholon. In 1956, "Cholon" was dropped from the name and the city became known as Saigon.

Source: Cholon

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Exif: 1250 Asa, 16mm, F/5.0, 1/25

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