In preparing the photos for my book Saigon Panorama, one spot that absolutely had to be in there is Cholon – Saigon’s Chinatown. Actually Cholon really deserves to have an entire photobook of its own, as it’s an absolute treasure trove of interesting scenes and sites.
So I figured it’d be a great choice to share for the second installment of my Saigon Panorama outtakes series.
Probably the biggest drawcard in Cholon is its temples that have been built by and for the large ethnic Chinese population that populates the area.
The intricate decoration in the pagoda above reminded me a lot of an ancestral hall in Guangzhou called Chen Jia Ci (Chen family ancestral hall). Wandering around Cholon, it’s easy to forget you’re in Vietnam and not in China!
The family that prays together stays together?
I love the coiled incense that burns overhead in many of the…