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District 1, Ho Chi Minh City from Asian Ruby Hotel # 1, Vietnam | by David McKelvey
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District 1, Ho Chi Minh City from Asian Ruby Hotel # 1, Vietnam

District 1 (Quận 1) is the central urban district of Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam. With a total area of 7.7211 km2 the district has a population of 204,899 people as of 2010. The district is divided into 10 small subsets which are called wards.

 

District 1 is where most of the city's administrative offices, consulates, and big buildings are located. District 1 is the busiest district in the city with the highest living standards. Đồng Khởi street and Nguyễn Huệ boulevard in the district are the city's two main commercial centers. Source: en.wikipedia.org

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Ho Chi Minh City, formerly named Saigon, is the largest city in Vietnam. It was once known as Prey Nokor, an important Khmer sea port prior to annexation by the Vietnamese in the 17th century. Under the name Saigon, it was the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina and later of the independent republic of South Vietnam from 1955–75. On 2 July 1976, Saigon merged with the surrounding Gia Định Province and was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City after Hồ Chí Minh (although the name Sài Gòn is still commonly used).

 

The current official name, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, abbreviated Tp. HCM, is translated as Ho Chi Minh City, abbreviated HCMC, and in French as Hô-Chi-Minh-Ville, abbreviated HCMV. The name commemorates Hồ Chí Minh, the first leader of North Vietnam. This name, though not his given name, was one he favored throughout his later years. It combines a common Vietnamese surname (Hồ) with a given name meaning "enlightened will" (Chí meaning 'will' (or spirit), and Minh meaning 'light'), in essence, meaning "bringer of light". See: en.wikipedia.org

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Taken on September 5, 2010