It is a fact that, Saigon was a city of Vietnam, which after its reunification became the current Ho Chi Minh City. A week before its fall, an operation was carried out that included Vietnamese refugees, diplomats, foreign population and US personnel. Every April 30, Vietnam dresses up to celebrate what is known as Reunification Day or Liberation Day.
After the American troops departed, there were many pilots from southern Vietnam, who managed to escape with their families in the aircraft that were left by the United States. Many took to Thailand or other Asian destinations. Here is a list of important facts about Saigon:
- The one that was once known as the city of Saigon today is known as the city of Ho Chi Minh. All this after the end of the Vietnam War.
- Saigon became known as the city of “Twenty-four hours after the fall”, after reunification it was baptized as “Ho Chi Minh City”, all in honor of who was the leader of the Vietnam revolution.
- Before 1975 Vietnam was part of the French colony of Conchinchina and its capital was Saigon.
- Saigon began as a small village under the French siege in 1862, and later became a moderately modern industrial metropolis.
- The musical Miss Saigon by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, is remotely based on Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.
- The city of Ho Chi Minh City is currently ranked 50th among the most expensive cities in Asia and ranks 202 among the most expensive cities in the world.
- One of the longest musical of the twentieth century within the British theaters was the production of Miss Saigon, which was made between the years of 1989 and 1999.
- Saigon had a peculiarity within its traffic lights because yellow light was meaning to drive faster
- Ho Chi Minh, former Saigon. It has approximately 1,500,000 motorcycles, which enter the city daily.
- The city of Ho Chi Minh, is highly advanced in terms of education, since it has almost 90 universities and technological institutes and more than 4,000 five-star hotel rooms.
- Miss Saigon has been produced in more than 30 countries, 10 languages and 200 cities, but never in Vietnam.
- After the fall of Saigon, to make space in the North American aircraft carriers and warships Dozens of helicopters were thrown into the ocean to make room for refugees, after the war.