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Dong Khoi Street

No street better embodies six decades of change in Saigon than Dong Khoi St. Its three different names are markers for each phase in its history. During French colonial times it was the Rue Catinat. During South Vietnam’s short war plagued existence as a nation, it was Tu Do or Freedom St. When the communists took over in 1975, the name changed again - this time to Dong Khoi (Total Revolution) St.

The street has gone from being the centre of glamour in the French colony to the centre of sleaze and intrigue during the Vietnam War. In the late 70s and early 80s when commerce was a dirty word in post war Vietnam, Dong Khoi’s shutters came down. But a fourth era began in this street’s story almost two decades ago and Dong Khoi St. is once again at the commercial heart of the city. If name changes have marked epochs in the story of this street, another name change might be in order.

Now Dong Khoi Street is at the heart of the city’s commercial life. Beside Le Loi Street and Nguyen Hue Street, this is one of the three streets with highest land price in this city. It is also one of the city’s two main commercial centers (the other is Nguyen Hue Street). Besides, it is still the best place to admire the grand old colonial buildings although they too are being overshadowed by the nearby high-rise office towers. International brands, boutiques, stylish cafes and high-end restaurants now line this bustling street.

Especially, on this street are three original French architectural works: The Saigon Opera House built in 1897 by French architect Ferret Eugene, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica – a cathedral established by French colonists and constructed between 1863 and 1880 and Saigon Central Post Office designed and constructed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel. They are all famous tourist attractions which draw the attention of millions of visitors every year.

Address: Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Dong Khoi Street belongs to District 1- a luxuriant central urban district. It is over 600 meters long and starts from the crossroad with Nguyen Du Street and ends at Ton Duc Thang Street.

Location: in the heart of city center. Just take a short walk from Notre Dame Cathedral and Post Office.

Entrance fee: No.


With the advantage of numerous boutiques, shops, café, shopping centers, restaurants… which are convenient for day and night walking, on each festival, Dong Khoi Street becomes the walking street of the city.