From curios to fish, everything under the sun is on sale here. I tasted the world renowned Pho Bo or Vietnamese beef noodle soup from one of the restaurants inside the market. Mildly spiced yet flavorful enough to suit the Indian palate, it came with a plate of bean sprouts and chilli sauce. While trying to pick up the art of eating with chopsticks, I noticed an old Vietnamese lady quietly enjoying her breakfast. I requested her to pose with me and this is what I got: I was in District 1, the heart of Saigon that houses historic monuments and museums. A life-size bronze statue of Ho Chi Minh, the revolutionary Communist hero, the icon of Vietnamese independence movement and the father figure of the country, is located in front of the City Hall.
Built in French colonial style, this peach and ivory monument serves as one of the most prominent landmarks in the city. When the sun goes down, the City Hall turns into a resplendent emblem of both Saigon's gory past and blooming present with hordes of youngsters gathering on its grounds, sometimes showcasing impromptu dance moves.