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HO CHI MINH CITY (Vietnamese : _Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh_; (_ listen )) or Vietnamese pronunciation: , formerly named and still informally known as SAIGON (Vietnamese : Sài Gòn_; (_ listen )), is the largest city in Vietnam
Vietnam
by population. It was once known as PREY NOKOR (Khmer : ព្រៃនគរ) 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
Vietnam
1955–75. On 2 July 1976, Saigon merged with the surrounding Gia Định Province and was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City after revolutionary leader Hồ Chí Minh (although the name Sài Gòn_ is still widely used).

The metropolitan area , which consists of the Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City metropolitan area, Thủ Dầu Một , Biên Hòa
Biên Hòa
, Vũng Tàu , Dĩ An, Thuận An and surrounding towns, is populated by about 10 million people, making it the most populous metropolitan area in Vietnam. The city's population is expected to grow to 13.9 million by 2025.

The Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City Metropolitan Area , a metropolitan area covering most parts of the south-east region plus Tiền Giang Province and Long An Province under planning, will have an area of 30,000 square kilometres (12,000 sq mi) with a population of 20 million inhabitants by 2020.

CONTENTS

* 1 Etymology

* 1.1 Saigon * 1.2 Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City

* 2 History

* 2.1 Early history * 2.2 Khmer territory * 2.3 Nguyễn Dynasty rule * 2.4 Colonial French era * 2.5 Capital of the Republic of Vietnam
Vietnam
* 2.6 Post- Vietnam
Vietnam
War and today

* 3 Geography

* 3.1 Climate

* 4 Political and administrative system

* 4.1 Politics

* 5 Demographics

* 6 Economy

* 6.1 2006 * 6.2 2007 * 6.3 2008 * 6.4 2012 * 6.5 2013 * 6.6 2014 * 6.7 Sectors * 6.8 New urban areas

* 7 Transport

* 7.1 Air * 7.2 Rail * 7.3 Water * 7.4 Coach bus

* 7.5 Inner city transport

* 7.5.1 Private transport * 7.5.2 Metro system

* 7.6 Expressway

* 8 Society

* 8.1 Healthcare * 8.2 Communications * 8.3 Education

* 9 Tourism * 10 Sports and recreation * 11 Art * 12 Sister cities
Sister cities
* 13 See also

* 14 References

* 14.1 Footnotes * 14.2 Notes

* 15 External links

ETYMOLOGY

Main article: Names of Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City _ Sài Gòn_ may refer to the kapok (_bông gòn_) trees that are common around the city.

Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City has gone by several different names during its history, reflecting settlement by different ethnic, cultural and political groups. In the 1690s, Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh , a Vietnamese noble, was sent by the Nguyễn rulers of Huế to establish Vietnamese administrative structures in the Mekong Delta
Mekong Delta
and its surroundings. Control of the city and the area passed to the Vietnamese, who gave the city the official name of _Gia Định_ (嘉定). This name remained until the time of French conquest in the 1860s, when the occupying force adopted the name _Saigon_ for the city, a westernized form of the traditional name, although the city was still indicated as 嘉 定 on Vietnamese maps written in Chữ Hán until at least 1891. Immediately after the communist takeover of South Vietnam
Vietnam
in 1975, a provisional government renamed the city after Hồ Chí Minh , the late North Vietnamese leader. Even today, however, the informal name of _Sài Gòn_/_Saigon_ remains in daily speech both domestically and internationally, especially among the Vietnamese diaspora . In particular, _Sài Gòn_ is still commonly used to refer to District 1 . _ Saigon Railway Station retains the traditional name used informally since the 1620s, while Ga_ still reflects the French colonial heritage (the French word _gare_ means _station_).

SAIGON

An etymology of _Saigon_ (or Sài Gòn in Vietnamese) is that Sài is a Sino-Vietnamese word ( Hán tự : 柴) meaning "firewood, lops, twigs; palisade", while Gòn is another Sino-Vietnamese word (Hán tự : 棍) meaning "stick, pole, bole", and whose meaning evolved into "cotton" in Vietnamese (_bông gòn_, literally "cotton stick", i.e., "cotton plant", then shortened to _gòn_). This name may refer to the many kapok plants that the Khmer people had planted around Prey Nokor, and which can still be seen at Cây Mai temple and surrounding areas. It may also refer to the dense and tall forest that once existed around the city, a forest to which the Khmer name, Prey Nokor, already referred.

Other proposed etymologies draw parallels from _Tai-Ngon_ (堤 岸), the Cantonese name of Cholon , which means "embankment" (French: _quais_), and Vietnamese _Sai Côn_, a translation of the Khmer _Prey Nokor_ (Khmer : ព្រៃនគរ). _Prey_ means forest or jungle, and _nokor_ is a Khmer word of Sanskrit
Sanskrit
origin meaning city or kingdom, and related to the English word 'Nation' — thus, "forest city" or "forest kingdom".

Truong Mealy (former director of King Norodom Sihanouk's royal Cabinet), says that, according to a Khmer Chronicle, _The Collection of the Council of the Kingdom,_ Prey Nokor's proper name was Preah Reach Nokor (Khmer : ព្រះរាជនគរ), "Royal City"; later locally corrupted to "Prey kor", meaning "kapok forest", from which "Saigon" was derived ("kor" meaning "kapok" in Khmer and Cham, going into Vietnamese as "gòn" ).

HO CHI MINH CITY

The current official name, _Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh_, adopted in 1976 and abbreviated Tp. HCM, is translated as _ Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City_, abbreviated HCMC, and in French as _Hô-Chi-Minh-Ville_ (the circumflex is sometimes omitted), abbreviated HCMV. The name commemorates Hồ Chí Minh , the first leader of North Vietnam
Vietnam
. This name, though not his given name, was one he favored throughout his later years. It combines a common Vietnamese surname (Hồ, 胡) with a given name meaning "enlightened will" (from Sino-Vietnamese 志 明; Chí meaning 'will' (or spirit), and Minh meaning 'light'), in essence, meaning "light bringer".

HISTORY

Location of the hexagonal Gia Dinh Citadel (r) and Cholon area (tilted square, left) in 1815. Today this forms the area of Ho Chi Minh City.

EARLY HISTORY

Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City began as a small fishing village likely known as Prey Nokor, "Forest City", or perhaps Preah Reach Nokor which, according to a Khmer Chronicle meant "Royal City". The area that the city now occupies was originally forested, and was inhabited by Khmer people for centuries before the arrival of the Vietnamese.

KHMER TERRITORY

Beginning in the early 17th century, colonization of the area by Vietnamese settlers gradually isolated the Khmer of the Mekong Delta from their brethren in Cambodia
Cambodia
proper and resulted in their becoming a minority in the delta. In 1623, King Chey Chettha II of Cambodia (1618–28) allowed Vietnamese refugees fleeing the Trịnh–Nguyễn civil war in Vietnam
Vietnam
to settle in the area of Prey Nokor and to set up a customs house there. Increasing waves of Vietnamese settlers, which the Cambodian kingdom could not impede because it was weakened by war with Thailand, slowly Vietnamized the area. In time, Prey Nokor became known as Saigon. Prey Nokor was the most important commercial seaport to the Khmers. The loss of the city and the rest of the Mekong Delta cut off Cambodia's access to the East Sea . Subsequently, the only remaining Khmers' sea access was south-westerly at the Gulf of Thailand
Thailand
e.g. at Kampong Saom and Kep .

NGUYễN DYNASTY RULE

A French drawing of the French Siege of Saigon in 1859 by joint Franco-Spanish forces

In 1698, Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh , a Vietnamese noble, was sent by the Nguyễn rulers of Huế by sea to establish Vietnamese administrative structures in the area, thus detaching the area from Cambodia, which was not strong enough to intervene. He is often credited with the expansion of Saigon into a significant settlement. A large Vauban
Vauban
citadel called Gia Định was built, which was later destroyed by the French following the Battle of Kỳ Hòa (see Citadel of Saigon ).

COLONIAL FRENCH ERA

Conquered by France
France
and Spain
Spain
in 1859, the city was influenced by the French during their colonial occupation of Vietnam, and a number of classical Western-style buildings and French villas in the city reflect this. Saigon had, in 1929, a population of 123,890, including 12,100 French.

In 1931, a new région called SAïGON–CHOLON consisting of Saïgon and Cholon was formed. Saïgon and Cholon, meanwhile, remained separate cities with their respective mayors and municipal councils. In 1956, after South Vietnam's independence from France
France
in 1955, the région of Saïgon– Cholon became a single city called SAïGON following the merger of the two cities of Saïgon and Cholon.

CAPITAL OF THE REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM

The Viet Minh proclaimed the independence of Vietnam
Vietnam
in 1945 after a combined occupation by Vichy France and Japan, and before the Communist revolution in China. They were led by Ho Chi Minh. The Viet Minh-held sections of Vietnam
Vietnam
were more concentrated in rural areas. Following the death of Franklin Roosevelt and the abandonment of anti-colonialist policies the U.S. supported France
France
in regaining its control over the country, with effective control spanning mostly in the Southern half and parts of the Red River Delta region like Hanoi
Hanoi
, Haiphong and Thái Bình .

Former Emperor Bảo Đại made Saigon the capital of the State of Vietnam
Vietnam
in 1949 with himself as head of state. In 1954, the Geneva Agreement partitioned Vietnam
Vietnam
along the 17th parallel (Bến Hải River ), with the communist Việt Minh , under Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
, gaining complete control of the northern half of the country , while the Saigon government continued to govern the State of Vietnam
Vietnam
which continued in the southern half of the country and the southern half gaining independence from France. The State officially became the Republic of Vietnam
Vietnam
when Bảo Đại was deposed by his Prime Minister Ngô Đình Diệm
Ngô Đình Diệm
in 1955 in the referendum . Saigon and Cholon, an adjacent city with mostly Sino-Vietnamese residents, were combined into an administrative unit known as the _Đô Thành Sài Gòn_ (_Capital City Saigon_), or _Thủ đô Sài Gòn_ (_National Capital Saigon_). South Vietnam
Vietnam
was a capitalist and anti-communist state which fought against the communist North Vietnamese and their allies during the Vietnam
Vietnam
War , with the assistance of the United States and other countries. On 30 April 1975, Saigon fell and the war ended.

POST-VIETNAM WAR AND TODAY

Street life in Saigon

At the conclusion of the Vietnam
Vietnam
War on 30 April 1975, the city came under the control of the Vietnamese People\'s Army . Among Vietnamese diaspora communities and particularly the U.S. (which had fought the communists), this event is commonly called the "fall of Saigon ", while the communist Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Vietnam
refers to it as the "Liberation of Saigon". In 1976, upon the establishment of the unified communist Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the city of Saigon (including Cholon), the province of Gia Ðịnh and two suburban districts of two other nearby provinces were combined to create Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City in honor of the late Communist leader Hồ Chí Minh. The former name _Saigon_ is still widely used by many Vietnamese, especially in informal contexts. Generally, the term _Saigon_ refers only to the urban districts of Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City.

GEOGRAPHY

Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City is located in the south-eastern region of Vietnam, 1,760 km (1,090 mi) south of Hanoi
Hanoi
. The average elevation is 19 metres (62 ft) above sea level. It borders Tây Ninh Province and Bình Dương Province to the north, Đồng Nai Province and Bà Rịa– Vũng Tàu Province to the east, Long An Province to the west and the East Sea to the south with a coast 15 km (9 mi) long. The city covers an area of 2,095 km2 (809 sq mi or 0.63% of the surface of Vietnam), extending up to Củ Chi District (12 mi or 19 km from the Cambodian border) and down to Cần Giờ on the South China
China
Sea. The distance from the northernmost point (Phú Mỹ Hưng Commune, Củ Chi District) to the southernmost one (Long Hòa Commune, Cần Giờ District) is 102 km (63 mi), and from the easternmost point (Long Bình ward , District Nine) to the westernmost one (Bình Chánh Commune, Bình Chánh District) is 47 km (29 mi).

CLIMATE

The city has a tropical climate, specifically a tropical wet and dry climate , with an average humidity of 78–82%. The year is divided into two distinct seasons. The rainy season, with an average rainfall of about 1,800 millimetres (71 in) annually (about 150 rainy days per year), usually begins in May and ends in late October. The dry season lasts from December to April. The average temperature is 28 °C (82 °F), with little variation throughout the year. The highest temperature recorded was 40.0 °C (104 °F) in April while the lowest temperature recorded was 13.8 °C (57 °F) in January. On average, the city experiences between 2,400 to 2,700 hours of sunshine per year.

CLIMATE DATA FOR HO CHI MINH CITY

MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR

RECORD HIGH °C (°F) 36.4 (97.5) 38.7 (101.7) 39.4 (102.9) 40.0 (104) 39.0 (102.2) 37.5 (99.5) 35.2 (95.4) 35.0 (95) 35.3 (95.5) 34.9 (94.8) 35.0 (95) 36.3 (97.3) 40.0 (104)

AVERAGE HIGH °C (°F) 31.6 (88.9) 32.9 (91.2) 33.9 (93) 34.6 (94.3) 34.0 (93.2) 32.4 (90.3) 32.0 (89.6) 31.8 (89.2) 31.3 (88.3) 31.2 (88.2) 31.0 (87.8) 30.8 (87.4) 32.3 (90.1)

DAILY MEAN °C (°F) 26.0 (78.8) 26.8 (80.2) 28.0 (82.4) 29.2 (84.6) 28.8 (83.8) 27.8 (82) 27.5 (81.5) 27.4 (81.3) 27.2 (81) 27.0 (80.6) 26.7 (80.1) 26.0 (78.8) 27.4 (81.3)

AVERAGE LOW °C (°F) 21.1 (70) 22.5 (72.5) 24.4 (75.9) 25.8 (78.4) 25.2 (77.4) 24.6 (76.3) 24.3 (75.7) 24.3 (75.7) 24.4 (75.9) 23.9 (75) 22.8 (73) 21.4 (70.5) 23.7 (74.7)

RECORD LOW °C (°F) 13.8 (56.8) 16.0 (60.8) 17.4 (63.3) 20.0 (68) 20.0 (68) 19.0 (66.2) 16.2 (61.2) 20.0 (68) 16.3 (61.3) 16.5 (61.7) 15.9 (60.6) 13.9 (57) 13.8 (56.8)

AVERAGE RAINFALL MM (INCHES) 13.8 (0.543) 4.1 (0.161) 10.5 (0.413) 50.4 (1.984) 218.4 (8.598) 311.7 (12.272) 293.7 (11.563) 269.8 (10.622) 327.1 (12.878) 266.7 (10.5) 116.5 (4.587) 48.3 (1.902) 1,931 (76.023)

AVERAGE RAINY DAYS 2.4 1.0 1.9 5.4 17.8 19.0 22.9 22.4 23.1 20.9 12.1 6.7 155.6

AVERAGE RELATIVE HUMIDITY (%) 72 70 70 72 79 82 83 83 85 84 80 77 78

MEAN MONTHLY SUNSHINE HOURS 245 246 272 239 195 171 180 172 162 182 200 226 2,489

Source #1: World Meteorological Organization
World Meteorological Organization

Source #2: (mean temperature, sunshine, record high and lows, and humidity)

POLITICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE SYSTEM

Ho Chi Minh City Hall at night Night view of the city from Bitexco Financial Tower

Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City is a municipality at the same level as Vietnam\'s provinces , which is subdivided into 24 district-level sub-divisions (as of 2003):

* 5 rural districts (1,601 km2 or 618 sq mi in area), which are designated as rural (_huyện_):

* Củ Chi * Hóc Môn * Bình Chánh * Nhà Bè * Cần Giờ

* 19 urban districts (494 km2 or 191 sq mi in area), which are designated urban or suburban (_quận_):

* District 1 * District 2 * District 3 * District 4 * District 5 * District 6 * District 7 * District 8 * District 9 * District 10 * District 11 * District 12 * Gò Vấp * Tân Bình * Tân Phú * Bình Thạnh * Phú Nhuận * Thủ Đức * Bình Tân

They are further subdivided into 5 commune-level towns (or townlets), 58 communes, and 259 wards (as of 2006 , see List of HCMC administrative units below). Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
statue outside Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee

POLITICS

The HO CHI MINH CITY PEOPLE\\'S COMMITTEE is a 13-member executive branch of the city. The current Chairman is Nguyễn Thành Phong. There are several vice chairmen and chairwomen on the committee with responsibility for various city departments.

The legislative branch of the city is the HO CHI MINH CITY PEOPLE\'S COUNCIL and consists of 95 members. The current Chairwoman is Nguyễn Thị Quyết Tâm.

The judiciary branch of the city is the HO CHI MINH CITY PEOPLE\'S COURT. The current Judge is Ung Thị Xuân Hương.

The Executive Committee of Communist Party of Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City is the leading organ of the Communist Party in Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City. The current Secretary is Nguyễn Thiện Nhân.

The Chairman of the People's Committee is ranked second in the city politics after the Secretary of the Communist Party, while the Chairman of the People's Council is ranked third.

List of HCMC administrative units

* v * t * e

Name of district Dec. 2003 Sub-division units Dec. 2003 Area (km2) Dec. 2008 Population as of census 1 October 2004 Population as of census 1 April 2009 Population 2010 Population 2011 Population/km2 2011

_Inner districts_

District 1 10 wards 7.73 198,032 180,225 187,435 185,715 24,025

District 2 11 wards 49.74 125,136 147,490 140,621 136,497 2,744

District 3 14 wards 4.92 201,122 190,553 188,945 188,898 38,393

District 4 15 wards 4.18 180,548 180,980 183,261 183,043 43,790

District 5 15 wards 4.27 170,367 171,452 174,154 175,217 41,034

District 6 14 wards 7.19 241,379 249,329 253,474 251,902 35,035

District 7 10 wards 35.69 159,490 244,276 274,828 265,997 7,453

District 8 16 wards 19.18 360,722 408,772 418,961 421,547 21,978

District 9 13 wards 114 202,948 256,257 263,486 269,068 2,360

District 10 15 wards 5.72 235,231 230,345 232,450 234,188 40,942

District 11 16 wards 5.14 224,785 226,854 232,536 234,293 45,582

District 12 11 wards 52.78 290.129 405,360 427,083 451,737 8,589

Gò Vấp District 16 wards 19.74 452,083 522,690 548,145 561,068 28,423

Tân Bình District 15 wards 22.38 397,569 421,724 430,436 430,350 19,229

Tân Phú District 11 wards 16.06 366,399 398,102 407,924 419,227 26,103

Bình Thạnh District 20 wards 20.76 423,896 457,362 470,054 479,733 23,109

Phú Nhuận District 15 wards 4.88 175,293 174,535 175,175 175,631 35,990

Thủ Đức District 12 wards 49.76 336,571 442,177 455,899 474,547 9,537

Bình Tân District 10 wards 51.89 398,712 572,132 595,335 611,170 11,778

TOTAL INNER DISTRICTS 259 WARDS 496.04 5,140,412 5,880,615 6,060,202 6,149,817 12,398

_Suburban districts_

Củ Chi District 20 communes , 1 township 434.5 288,279 343,155 355,822 362,454 834

Hóc Môn District 11 communes, 1 township 109.18 245,381 349,065 358,640 363,171 3326

Bình Chánh District 15 communes, 1 township 252.69 304,168 420,109 447,291 465,248 1841

Nhà Bè District 6 communes, 1 township 100.41 72,740 101,074 103,793 109,949 1095

Cần Giờ District 6 communes, 1 township 704.22 66,272 68,846 70,697 70,499 100

TOTAL SUBURBAN DISTRICTS 58 COMMUNES, 5 TOWNSHIPS 1,601 976,839 1,282,249 1,336,244 1,371,321 857

WHOLE CITY 259 WARDS, 58 COMMUNES, 5 TOWNSHIPS 2,097.06 6,117,251 7,162,864 7,396,446 7,521,138 3,587

DEMOGRAPHICS

HISTORICAL POPULATION POP.

YEAR

POPULATION

1995

4,640,400

1996

4,747,900

1997

4,852,300

1998

4,957,300

1999

5,073,100

2000

5,274,900

2001

5,454,000

2002

5,619,400

2003

5,809,100

2004

6,007,600

2005

6,230,900

2006

6,483,100

2007

6,725,300

2008

6,946,100

2009

7,196,100

2010

7,378,000

2011

7,521,100

2012

7,750,900

2013

7,818,200

2014

7,955,000

2015

8,244,400

2016

8,426,100

SOURCES:

Tuệ Thành meeting house in Chinatown, Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City, District 5

The population of Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City, as of the 1 October 2004 Census, was 6,117,251 (of which 19 inner districts had 5,140,412 residents and 5 suburban districts had 976,839 inhabitants). In mid-2007, the city's population was 6,650,942 – with the 19 inner districts home to 5,564,975 residents and the five suburban districts containing 1,085,967 inhabitants. The result of the 2009 Census shows that the city's population was 7,162,864 people, about 8.34% of the total population of Vietnam, making it the highest population-concentrated city in the country. As of the end of 2012, the total population of the city was 7,750,900 people, an increase of 3.1% from 2011. As an administrative unit, its population is also the largest at the provincial level. The majority of the population are ethnic Vietnamese ( Kinh ) at about 93.52%. Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City's largest minority ethnic group are the Chinese (Hoa ) with 5.78%. Cholon – in District 5 and parts of Districts 6, 10 and 11 – is home to the largest Chinese community in Vietnam. Other ethnic minorities, include Khmer 0.34%, Cham 0.1%.

The inhabitants of Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City are usually known as "Saigonese" in English and "dân Sài Gòn" in Vietnamese. The Hoa (Chinese), in addition, speak a number of varieties of Chinese , including Cantonese, Teochew (Chaozhou), Hokkien
Hokkien
, Hainanese and Hakka ; only a few speak Mandarin Chinese.

The three most prevalent religions in Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City are Mahayana Buddhism with Taoism and Confucianism (via ancestor worship ), which are often celebrated together in the same temple, the Vietnamese and Han Chinese are strongly influenced by these traditional religious practices. There is a sizeable community of Roman Catholics (about 10% of the city's population). Other minority groups include: Hòa Hảo , Cao Đài
Cao Đài
, Protestants , Muslims , Hindus , and members of the Bahá\'í Faith .

ECONOMY

Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City is the economic center of Vietnam
Vietnam
and accounts for a large proportion of the economy of Vietnam
Vietnam
. Although the city takes up just 0.6% of the country's land area, it contains 8.34% of the population of Vietnam, 20.2% of its GDP, 27.9% of industrial output and 34.9% of the FDI projects in the country in 2005. In 2005, the city had 4,344,000 labourers, of whom 130,000 are over the labour age norm (in Vietnam, 60 for male and 55 for female workers). In 2009, GDP per capita
GDP per capita
reached $2,800, compared to the country's average level of $1,042.

2006

As of June 2006, the city has been home to three export processing zones and twelve industrial parks. Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City is the leading receiver of foreign direct investment in Vietnam, with 2,530 FDI projects worth $16.6 billion at the end of 2007. In 2007, the city received over 400 FDI projects worth $3 billion.

2007

In 2007, the city's GDP was estimated at $14.3 billion, or about $2,180 per capita, up 12.6 percent from 2006 and accounting for 20% of the country's GDP. The GDP adjusted to Purchasing Power Parity
Purchasing Power Parity
(PPP) reached $71.5 billion, or about $10,870 per capita (approximately three times higher than the country's average). The city's Industrial Product Value was $6.4 billion, equivalent to 30% of the value of the entire nation. Export – Import Turnover through HCMC ports accounted for $36 billion, or 40% of the national total, of which export revenue reached $18.3 billion (40% of Vietnam's total export revenues). In 2007, Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City's contribution to the annual revenues in the national budget increased by 30 percent, accounting for about 20.5 percent of total revenues. The consumption demand of Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City is higher than other Vietnamese provinces and municipalities and 1.5 times higher than that of Hanoi
Hanoi
.

2008

In 2008, it attracted $8.5 billion in FDI. In 2010, the city's GDP was estimated at $20.902 billion, or about $2,800 per capita, up 11.8 percent from 2009.

2012

By the end of 2012, the city's GDP was estimated around $28,595 billion, or about $3,700 per capita, up 9.2 percent from 2011. Total trade (export and import) reached $47.7 billion, with export at $21.57 billion and import $26.14 billion.

2013

In 2013, GDP of the city grew 7.6% by Q1, 8.1% by Q2, and 10.3% by the end of Q3. By the end of 2013, the city's GDP grew 9.3%, with GDP per capital reach $4500.

2014

By the end of 2014, the city's GDP grew 9.5%, with GDP per capita reaching $5100.

SECTORS

Saigon Port

The economy of Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City consists of industries ranging from mining, seafood processing, agriculture, and construction, to tourism, finance, industry and trade. The state-owned sector makes up 33.3% of the economy, the private sector 4.6%, and the remainder in foreign investment. Concerning its economic structure, the service sector accounts for 51.1%, industry and construction account for 47.7% and forestry, agriculture and others make up just 1.2%.

Quang Trung Software Park is a software park situated in District 12. The park is approximately 15 km (9 mi) from downtown Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City and hosts software enterprises as well as dot.com companies. The park also includes a software training school. Dot.com investors here are supplied with other facilities and services such as residences and high-speed access to the internet as well as favourable taxation. Together with the Hi-Tech Park in District 9 , and the 32 ha. software park inside Tan Thuan Export Processing Zone in District 7 of the city, Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City aims to become an important hi-tech city in the country and the South-East Asia region. Hi-Tech Park , District 9 .

This park helps the city in particular and Vietnam
Vietnam
in general to become an outsourcing location for other enterprises in developed countries, as India
India
has done. Some 300,000 businesses, including many large enterprises, are involved in high-tech, electronic, processing and light industries, and also in construction, building materials and agricultural products. Additionally, crude oil is a popular economic base in the city. Investors are still pouring money into the city. Total local private investment was 160 billion đồng (7.5 million USD) with 18,500 newly founded companies. Investment trends to high technology, services and real estate projects.

As of June 2006, the city had three export processing zones and twelve industrial parks, in addition to Quang Trung Software Park and Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City hi-tech park. Intel
Intel
has invested about 1 billion dollars in a factory in the city. More than fifty banks with hundreds of branches and about 20 insurance companies are also located inside the city. The Stock Exchange , the first stock exchange in Vietnam, was opened in 2001. There are 171 medium and large-scale markets as well as several supermarket chains, shopping malls, and fashion and beauty centres.

Some of the larger shopping malls and plazas opened recently include: District 1 Bitexco Financial Tower , the third tallest building in Vietnam
Vietnam
.

* Maximark - Multiple locations (District 10, and Tan Binh District) * Satramart - 460 3/2 Street, Ward 12, District 10 * Auchan (2016) - Multiple locations (District 10, and Go Vap District) * Lotte Mart – Multiple locations (District 7, District 11, and Tan Binh District) * AEON Mall Tan Phu Celadon (2014) - Multiple locations (Binh Tan District, and Tan Phu District) * SC VivoCity (2015) - 1058 Nguyen Van Linh Boulevard, Tan Phong Ward, District 7 * (1995) – 54–56 Nguyễn Trãi St, District 1 * Saigon Centre (1997) – 65 Lê Lợi Blvd, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1 * Diamond Plaza (1999) – 34 Le Duan Blvd, District 1 * Big C
Big C
(2002) – Multiple locations (District 10, Binh Tan District, Go Vap District, Phu Nhuan District, and Tan Phu District) * METRO Cash "> Diamond Plaza * NowZone (2009) – 235 Nguyen Van Cu Ave, Nguyen Cu Trinh Ward, District 1 * Kumho Asiana Plaza (2010) – 39 Le Duan Blvd, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1 * Vincom Centre (2010) – 70–72 Lê Thánh Tôn St, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1 * Union Square - 171 Lê Thánh Tôn st, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1 * Vincom Mega Mall (2016) - Số 161 Xa Lộ Hà Nội, P. Thảo Điền, District. 2 * Bitexco Financial Tower (2010) – Hẻm số 2 Hàm Nghi Blvd, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1 * Co.opmart - Multiple locations (District 1, District 3, District 5, District 6, District 7, District 8, District 10, District 11, District 12, Binh Chanh District, Binh Tan District, Binh Thanh District, Cu Chi District, Go Vap District, Hoc Mon District, Phu Nhuan District, Tan Phu District, and Thu Duc District)

In 2007, three million foreign tourists, about 70% of the total number of tourists to Vietnam, visited the city. Total cargo transport to Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City's ports reached 50.5 million metric tonnes , nearly one-third of the total for Vietnam.

NEW URBAN AREAS

With a population now of 8,382,287 (as of Census 2010 on 1 April 2010) (registered residents plus migrant workers as well as a metropolitan population of 10 million), Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City needs increased public infrastructure. To this end, the city and central governments have embarked on an effort to develop new urban centres. The two most prominent projects are the Thu Thiem city centre in District 2 and the Phu My Hung Urban Area, a new city centre in District 7 (as part of the Saigon South project) where various international schools such as Saigon South International School and Australia's Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology are located. In December 2007, Phu My Hung's new City Centre completed the 17.8 km 10–14 lane wide Nguyen Van Linh Boulevard linking the Saigon port areas, Tan Thuan Export Processing Zone to the National Highway 1 and the Mekong Delta
Mekong Delta
area. In November 2008, a brand new trade centre, Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre, also opened its doors. Other projects include Grandview, Waterfront, Sky Garden, Riverside and Phu Gia 99. Phu My Hung's new City Center received the first Model New City Award from the Vietnamese Ministry of Construction.

In 2016, Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
city has started the Tan Cang real estate zone, under the investment of Vingroup in the inner zone of District 1, giving an old shipyard a new breath of life. The Vinhomes Khanh Hoi, Vinhomes Golden River and Vinhomes Thu Thiem have become the major living places of rich persons, celebrities and professionals.

TRANSPORT

AIR

Tan Son Nhat International Airport
Tan Son Nhat International Airport

The city is served by Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport , the largest airport in Vietnam
Vietnam
in terms of passengers handled (with an estimated number of over 15.5 million passengers per year in 2010, accounting for more than half of Vietnam's air passenger traffic ). Long Thành International Airport is scheduled to begin operating in 2025. Based in Long Thành District , Đồng Nai Province , about 40 km (25 mi) east of Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City, Long Thành Airport will serve international flights, with a maximum traffic capacity of 100 million passengers per year when fully completed; Tân Sơn Nhất Airport will serve domestic flights.

RAIL

Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City is also a terminal for many Vietnam
Vietnam
Railways train routes in the country. The Reunification Express (tàu Thống Nhất) runs from Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City to Hanoi
Hanoi
from Saigon Railway Station in District 3 , with stops at cities and provinces along the line. Within the city, the two main stations are Sóng Thần and Sài Gòn. In addition, there are several smaller stations such as Dĩ An, Thủ Đức, Bình Triệu, Gò Vấp. However, rail transport is not fully developed and presently comprises only 0.6% of passenger traffic and 6% of goods shipments.

WATER

The city's location on the Saigon River makes it a bustling commercial and passenger port; besides a constant stream of cargo ships, passenger boats operate regularly between Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City and various destinations in Southern Vietnam
Vietnam
and Cambodia, including Vũng Tàu , Cần Thơ and the Mekong Delta
Mekong Delta
, and Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh
. Traffic between Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City and Vietnam's southern provinces has steadily increased over the years; the Doi and Te Canals, the main routes to the Mekong Delta, receive 100,000 waterway vehicles every year, representing around 13 million tons of cargo. A project to dredge these routes has been approved to facilitate transport, to be implemented in 2011–14.

COACH BUS

Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City has a number of coach houses, which house coach buses to and from other areas in Vietnam. The largest coach station – in terms of passengers handled – is the Mien Dong Coach Station in the Bình Thạnh District .

INNER CITY TRANSPORT

Private Transport

Mai Linh Taxi

The main means of transport within the city are motorbikes, buses, taxis, and bicycles. Motorbikes remain the most common way to move around the city. Taxis are plentiful and usually have meters, although it is also common to agree on a price before taking a long trip, for example, from the airport to the city centre. Public buses run on many routes and tickets can be purchased on the bus. For short trips, "xe ôm" (literally, "hug vehicle") motorcycle taxis are available throughout the city, usually congregating at a major intersection. A popular activity for tourists is a tour of the city on cyclos , which allow for longer trips at a more relaxed pace. For the last few years, cars have become more popular.. There are approximately 340,000 cars and 3.5 million motorcycles in the city, which is almost double compared with Hanoi. The growing number of cars tend to cause gridlock and contribute to air pollution. The government has called out motorcycles as the reason for the congestion and has developed plans to reduce the number of motorcycles and to improve public transport.

Metro System

Proposed Metro Map

The Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City Metro , a light rail rapid transit network, is currently in the preparation stages, with the first line currently under construction, to be completed by 2019. This first line will connect Bến Thành to Suối Tiên Park in District 9 , with a depot in Long Binh. Planners expect the route to serve more than 160,000 passengers daily. A line between Bến Thành and Tham Luong in District 12 has been approved by the government, and several more lines are currently the subject of feasibility studies.

EXPRESSWAY

Main articles: Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City - Trung Luong Expressway and Ho Chi Minh City - Long Thanh - Dau Giay Expressway

Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City has two expressways of North-South Expressway system, connect the city with other provinces. The first expressway is Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City - Trung Luong Expressway , opened in 2010, connect Ho Chi Minh City with Tiền Giang and the Mekong Delta
Mekong Delta
. The second one is Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City - Long Thanh - Dau Giay Expressway , opened in 2015, connect the city with Đồng Nai , Bà Rịa- Vũng Tàu and the Southeast of Vietnam
Vietnam
. The Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City - Long Khanh Expressway is projected and will be constructed in the near future.

SOCIETY

HEALTHCARE

The health care system of the city is relatively developed with a chain of about 100 government owned hospitals or medical centres and dozens of privately owned clinics. The 1,400 bed Chợ Rẫy Hospital , upgraded by Japanese aid and the French-sponsored Institute of Cardiology, are among the top medical facilities in South-East Asia.

COMMUNICATIONS

See also: Media of Vietnam
Vietnam
and Telecommunications in Vietnam
Vietnam
_ The Word Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City_, an English-language magazine.

The city's media is the most developed in the country. At present, there are seven daily newspapers: _ Sai Gon Giai Phong _ (_Liberated Saigon_), and its Vietnamese, investment and finance, sports, evening and weekly editions; _ Tuổi Trẻ _ (_Youth_), the highest circulation newspaper in Vietnam; _Thanh Nien_ (_Young Men_), the second largest circulation in the south of Vietnam; _Nguoi Lao Dong_ (_Labourer_); _The Thao_ (_Sports_); _Phap Luat_ (_Law_) and the _Saigon Times Daily_, the English-language newspaper as well as more than 30 other newspapers and magazines. The city has hundreds of printing and publishing houses, many bookstores and a widespread network of public and school libraries; the city's General Library houses over 1.5 mìllion books. Locally based Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City Television (HTV) is the second largest television network in the nation, just behind the national Vietnam
Vietnam
Television (VTV), broadcasting 24/7 on 7 different channels (using analog and digital technology). Many major international TV channels are provided through two cable networks (SCTV and HTVC), with over one million subscribers. The _Voice of Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City _ is the largest radio station in southern Vietnam.

Internet coverage, especially through ADSL connections, is rapidly expanding, with over 2,200,000 subscribers and around 5.5 million frequent users. Internet service providers (ISPs) operating in Ho Chi Minh City include the Vietnam
Vietnam
Data Communication Company (VDC), Corporation for Finance and Promoting Technology (FPT), Netnam Company, Saigon Post and Telecommunications Services Corporation (Saigon Postel Corporation, SPT) and Viettel Company. As in all of Vietnam, Internet access is regulated; websites containing sensitive political or religious content are routinely blocked, and certain websites have been blocked, though government officials deny that this is intentional. The city has more than two million fixed telephones and about fifteen million cellular phones (the latter growing annually by 20%). Mobile phone service is provided by a number of companies, including Viettel Mobile , MobiFone , VinaPhone , and S-Fone .

EDUCATION

See also: List of universities in Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City

Notable high schools in Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City include Lê Hồng Phong High School for the Gifted , Phổ Thông Năng Khiếu High School for the Gifted , Trần Đại Nghĩa High School for the Gifted , Nguyễn Thượng Hiền High School , Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai High School , and Gia Định High School , Lê Quý Đôn High School, among others. Though the former schools are all public, private education is also available in Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City. High school consists of grade 10–12 (sophomore, junior, and senior).

Higher education in Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City is a burgeoning industry; the city boasts over 80 universities and colleges with a total of over 400,000 students. Notable universities include Vietnam
Vietnam
National University with 50,000 students distributed among six schools; The University of Technology (Vietnamese: Đại học Bách khoa, formerly Phú Thọ National Center of Technology); The University of Sciences (formerly Saigon College of Sciences); The University of Social Sciences and Humanities (formerly Saigon College of Letters); The International University ; The University of Economics and Law ; and the newly established University of Information Technology . The headquarters of the National University is in Linh Trung ward, Thu Duc University Village

Some other important higher education establishments include HCMC University of Pedagogy , University of Economics , University of Architecture , Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine Nong Lam University (formerly University of Agriculture and Forestry), University of Law , University of Technical Education , University of Banking , University of Industry , Open University , University of Sports and Physical Education , University of Fine Arts , University of Culture , the Conservatory of Music , the Saigon Institute of Technology , Văn Lang University , Saigon University and Hoa Sen University .

In addition to the above public universities, Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City is also home to several private universities. One of the most notable is RMIT International University, Vietnam
Vietnam
, a campus of Australian public research RMIT University
RMIT University
with an enrollment of about 6,000 students. Tuition at RMIT is about 40,000 USD for an entire course of study. Other private universities include The International School of Business (Vietnam) (or ISB), an English-language university run as a partnership with universities abroad, including the University of Western Sydney and UQAM , Montreal. The Saigon International University (or SIU) is another private university run by the Group of Asian International Education . Enrollment at SIU averages about 12,000 students Depending on the type of program, tuition at SIU costs between 5,000 and 6,000 USD per year.

TOURISM

Main article: Declared monuments of Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City Reunification Palace , District 1 . The Opera House Rex Hotel

Today, the city's core is still adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French colonial buildings. The majority of these tourist spots are located in District 1 and are a short leisurely distance from each other. The most prominent structures in the city centre are the Reunification Palace (_Dinh Thống Nhất_), City Hall (_Ủy ban nhân dân Thành phố_), Municipal Theatre (_Nhà hát thành phố_, also known as the Opera House), City Post Office (_Bưu điện thành phố_), State Bank Office (_Ngân hàng nhà nước_), City People's Court (_Tòa án nhân dân thành phố_) and Notre-Dame Cathedral (_Nhà thờ Đức Bà_). Some of the historic hotels are the Hotel Majestic , dating from the French colonial era, and the Rex and Caravelle hotels are former hangouts for American officers and war correspondents in the 1960s "> Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

It was approximated that 4.3 million tourists visited Vietnam
Vietnam
in 2007, of which 70 percent, approximately 3 million tourists, visited Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City. A tour guide demonstrates a secret entrance at the Củ Chi tunnels
Củ Chi tunnels
.

The city has various museums including the Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City Museum , Museum of Vietnamese History
Museum of Vietnamese History
, the Revolutionary Museum, the Museum of south-eastern Armed Forces, the War Remnants Museum
War Remnants Museum
, the Museum of Southern Women, the Museum of Fine Arts , the Nha Rong Memorial House, and the Ben Duoc Relic of Underground Tunnels. The Củ Chi tunnels are north-west of the city in Củ Chi District . The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens , in District 1 , dates from 1865. The Đầm Sen Tourist and Cultural Park, Suối Tiên Amusement and Culture Park , and Cần Giờ's Eco beach resort are three recreational sites inside the city which are popular with tourists.

Aside from the Municipal Theatre, there are other places of entertainment such as the Bến Thành theatre, Hòa Bình theatre, and the Lan Anh Music Stage. Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City is home to hundreds of cinemas and theatres, with cinema and drama theatre revenue accounting for 60–70% of Vietnam's total revenue in this industry. Unlike other theatrical organisations found in Vietnam's provinces and municipalities, residents of Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City keep their theatres active without the support of subsidies from the Vietnamese government. The city is also home to most of the private film companies in Vietnam.

Like many of Vietnam's smaller cities, the city boasts a multitude of restaurants serving typical Vietnamese dishes such as phở or rice vermicelli . Backpacking travellers most often frequent the "Western Quarter" on Phạm Ngũ Lão Street and Bùi Viện Street , District 1.

SPORTS AND RECREATION

As of 2005 , Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City was home to 91 football fields, 86 swimming pools, 256 gyms. The largest stadium in the city is the 25,000-seat Thống Nhất Stadium , located on Đào Duy Từ Street, in Ward 6 of District 10 . The next largest is Army Stadium , located near Tân Sơn Nhất Airport in Tân Bình district . Army Stadium was of the venues for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup finals. As well as being a sporting venue, it is also the site of a music school. Phú Thọ Racecourse , another notable sporting venue established during colonial times, is the only racetrack in Vietnam. The city's Department of Physical Education and Sports also manages a number of clubs, including Phan Dinh Phung , Thanh Da , and Yet Kieu .

Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City is home to a number of association football clubs. One of the city's largest clubs, Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City F.C. , is based at Thống Nhất Stadium. As _Cảng Sài Gòn_, they were four-time champions of Vietnam's V.League 1 (in 1986, 1993–94, 1997, and 2001–02). The team currently plays in Vietnam's First Division . Navibank Saigon F.C. , founded as _Quân Khu 4_, also based at Thống Nhất Stadium, emerged as champions of the First Division in the 2008 season, and were promoted to the V-League in 2009. The city's police department also fielded a football team in the 1990s, Công An Thành Phố, which won the V-League championship in 1995. Celebrated striker Lê Huỳnh Đức , now manager of SHB Đà Nẵng F.C. , played for the Police F.C. from 1995–2000, setting a league record of 25 goals in the 1996 season. In 2011, Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City was awarded an expansion team for the ASEAN Basketball League
ASEAN Basketball League
. Since 2016, Sài Gòn F.C. playes in V.League 1

SSA Saigon Heat is the first ever international professional basketball team to represent Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City hosts a number of international sports events throughout the year, such as the AFF Futsal Championship and the Vietnam
Vietnam
Vertical Run . Several other sports are represented by teams in the city, such as volleyball, basketball, chess, athletics, and table tennis.

ART

Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City is the second largest art city in Vietnam. Due to its history, the artworks were inspired by both Western and Eastern styles.

Famous Art locations in Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City:

* Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City Museum of Fine Arts * Art galleries in Nam Ky Khoi Nghia street, Tran Phu street, Bui Vien street...

SISTER CITIES

There are 25 sister cities /regions of Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City:

CITY FROM

Shanghai
Shanghai
, People's Republic of China 14 May 1994

Manila
Manila
, Philippines 27 June 1994

San Francisco
San Francisco
, USA 10 April 1995

Osaka
Osaka
, Japan 13 June 1995

Busan
Busan
, Republic of Korea 3 November 1995

Guangzhou
Guangzhou
, People's Republic of China 1 April 1996

Lyon
Lyon
, France 17 January 1997

Shenyang , People's Republic of China 21 April 1999

Sverdlovsk Oblast , Russia 5 September 2000

Champasak Province
Champasak Province
, Laos 28 August 2001

Vientiane
Vientiane
, Laos 1 September 2001

Rhône-Alpes (region), France 8 November 2001

Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh
, Cambodia
Cambodia
June 2002

Moscow
Moscow
, Russia 31 October 2003

Toronto
Toronto
, Ontario, Canada 13 February 2006

Yokohama
Yokohama
, Japan 23 July 2007

Hyōgo Prefecture
Hyōgo Prefecture
, Japan 27 October 2007

Minsk
Minsk
, Belarus 4 November 2008

Vladivostok
Vladivostok
, Russia 21 May 2009

Seville
Seville
, Spain 29 May 2009

Johannesburg
Johannesburg
, Republic of South Africa 10 November 2009

Yangon
Yangon
, Myanmar 2012

Monterrey
Monterrey
, Mexico 27 May 2013

Aichi Prefecture
Aichi Prefecture
, Japan 13 September 2016

SEE ALSO

* Vietnam
Vietnam
portal

* History of Organized Crime in Saigon * List of East Asian ports
List of East Asian ports
* List of historical capitals of Vietnam
Vietnam
* List of tallest buildings in Vietnam
Vietnam
* List of historic buildings in Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City * North–South Railway (Vietnam)

REFERENCES

FOOTNOTES

* ^ Đồng Nai Province\'s Populations: 2.254.676 (2006), Bà Rịa Vũng Tàu Province\'s Populations:862.081 (2002), Bình Dương province\'s Population: 1,2 million (2007), Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City\'s population: 5,037,155 (1999)

* ^ The text of the resolution is as follows: "By the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, 6th tenure, 1st session, for officially renaming Saigon-Gia Dinh City as Ho Chi Minh City. The National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Considering the boundless love of the people of Saigon-Gia Dinh City for President Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
and their wish for the city to be named after him; Considering the long and difficult revolutionary struggle launched in Saigon-Gia Dinh City, with several glorious feats, deserves the honor of being named after President Ho Chi Minh; After discussing the suggestion of the Presidium of the National Assembly's meeting; Decides to rename Saigon-Gia Dinh City as Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City.""From Saigon to Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City". People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
City. Retrieved 15 June 2010. * ^ "Un siècle plus tard (1773), la révolte des TÁYON _(sic)_ tout, d'abord dans les montagnes de la province de Qui-Nhon, et s’étendit rapidement dans le sud, chassa de Bien-Hoa le mouvement commercial qu’y avaient attiré les Chinois. Ceux-ci abandonnèrent Cou-lao-pho, remontèrent de fleuve de Tan-Binh, et vinrent choisir la position actuele de CHOLEN. Cette création date d'environ 1778. Ils appelèrent leur nouvelle résidence TAI-NGON ou TIN-GAN. Le nom transformé par les Annamites en celui de SAIGON fut depuis appliqué à tort, par l'expédition française, au SAIGON actuel dont la dénomination locale est BEN-NGHE ou BEN-THANH." Francis Garnier, quoted in: Hồng Sến Vương, Q. Thắng Nguyễn (2002). _Tuyển tập Vương Hồng Sến_. Nhà xuất bản Văn học. * ^ "The Khmer name for Saigon, by the way, is Prey Nokor; prey means forest, nokor home or city." Norodom Sihanouk (1980). _War and hope: the case for Cambodia_. Pantheon Books. p. 54. ISBN 0-394-51115-8 .

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