Tag Archives: 727 Tran Hung Dao

Vietnamese girl wearing non la conical hat by Adam Robert Young September 01

Lydia’s shoot in Saigon

I admit it, I’m kinda in love with the crumbling apartment complex at 727 Tran Hung Dao. Most of you have seen my other posts about the place The Block, Life in the Block, and Tran Hung Dao – From Riches to Rags. Recently the Saigon Photographic meetups group took a trip to the place. […]

727 Tran Hung Dao August 23

727 Tran Hung Dao – From riches to ruin

Completed in the 1960s, 727 Tran Hung Dao Street once loomed over Saigon as an impressive sign of wealth and progress. Known as the Presidential Building, the monolithic towers’ 535 rooms housed American soldiers during the war, and high ranking government officials after reunification. Today, however, the building is a rapidly decaying shadow of its […]

July 18

Life in the Block

One thing I’ve noted about squatter communities is that they always seem to be quite close-knit groups. I took a trip back to the abandoned apartment block in District 5 of Ho Chi Minh City last weekend and discovered that the block is a self-contained residential area, with people not only living and playing in […]

Adam Robert Young Vietnam photography July 12

The Block

Five minutes scooter ride from downtown Ho Chi Minh City stands an old decrepit building in District 5 of the metropolis. This fourteen-story monolith is home to a large community of squatters, and my latest and greatest discovery here. Some of the mailboxes at the base of the building. “Loi ra” means “exit” OK, honestly, […]