The old Saigon cannot be whole without the graceful silhouette of ladies in their traditional Ao Dai. The garment is adored by both Vietnamese women and their spectators from all times and therefore commonly seen at every street and corner.
The Ao Dai has been imbued with not only the noble sense of fashion, confident attitude but also effusive communication skills and open minds, all of which are symbolic of Vietnamese women of old Saigon. These women have set a high expectation for true beauty that have withstood the test of time and further inspired numerous artistic works. Truly, the painting of old Saigon would have been incomplete without its Vietnamese women.
The old Saigon is not without hustle and bustle however not as crowded and pushy as in modern time, which seemingly carry the characteristics of the inhabitants at the time: more dreamy, more romantic than our current time.
Only true Saigon lovers has the ability to recognize the everlasting beauty in each brick, each street and each way of life. Time has done a number while still leaving behind an irresistible beauty on the superficial appearance of these invaluable historic traits: Saigon Post Office, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Turtle Lake Fountain, House of the Representatives and the Senate, City Hall, Ben Thanh Market, Saigon Tax Trade Center, Passage Eden, Independence Palace.