Ho Chi Minh/ Map of Saigon, 1956
This Map of Saigon was drawn right after the South Vietnam took took over the French Colony. French names were still used on the map as well as inclusion of certain Vietnamese names. From the map, we could see the building in the center with French Flag, was the Norodom Palace, eventually renamed to Independence Palace and Reunification Palace is located at the center of the city, along with the main road Norodom Boulevard. Several important buildings such as the US Embassy and the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral also reside in the nearby area. There is a railway station due South of the Palace, as well as a major transport node next to it. The Grid Pattern of Saigon was established since the colonial era and was never largely changed throughout history. Most historic buildings in the area were closed down when Vietnam was reunified and was reopened later in history.