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December 24, 2020

50 Fascinating Photos Capture Everyday Life of Vietnam in the Late 1960s

Vietnam is a country in Southeast Asia and the easternmost country on the Indochinese Peninsula. It is the 15th most populous country in the world and shares its land borders with China to the north, and Laos and Cambodia to the west.

Vietnam shares its maritime borders with Thailand through the Gulf of Thailand, and the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia through the South China Sea. Its capital city is Hanoi, and its most populous city is Ho Chi Minh City, also known by its former name of Saigon.

After North and South Vietnam were reunified as a communist state under a unitary socialist government in 1976, the country became economically and politically isolated until 1986, when the Communist Party initiated a series of economic and political reforms that facilitated Vietnamese integration into world politics and the global economy.

By 2010, Vietnam had established diplomatic relations with 178 countries. It is a member of such international organisations as the United Nations (UN), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

These fascinating color photos were taken by William Ruzin during his tour of Vietnam that captured everyday life of Saigon and Can Tho in 1968.

Can Tho street scenes, 1968

Can Tho canal boat, 1968

Can Tho ducks, 1968

Can Tho market at riverfront, 1968

Can Tho pottery market, 1968

Can Tho rice market, 1968

Can Tho river commerce, 1968

Can Tho riverfront, 1968

Can Tho Shell oil facility, 1968

Can Tho. “Beware of Dog” sign on compound, 1968

Can Tho. 10th PsyOp Battalion Officers Club, 1968

Can Tho. Aftermath of the Tet Offensive, 1968

Can Tho. Back from shopping, 1968

Can Tho. Boy rides water buffalo, 1968

Can Tho. Buddhist temple, 1968

Can Tho. Built over muddy water, 1968

Can Tho. Drivers test, 1968

Can Tho. Ladies at the Can Tho market, 1968

Can Tho. Lady retrieves water from canal, 1968

Can Tho. Life along the canal, 1968

Can Tho. Life on the canal, 1968

Can Tho. Measuring silk for an Ao Dai, 1968

Can Tho. Mekong River scene, 1968

Can Tho. Pots and pans sale, 1968

Can Tho. Province Chief's Residence, 1968

Can Tho. River commerce, 1968

Can Tho. Rooftops, 1968

Can Tho. Saigon bus, 1968

Can Tho. Store keeper, 1968

Can Tho. The market, 1968

Can Tho. The Mekong River, 1968

Can Tho. The USO, 1968

Can Tho. Vietnamese kids, 1968

Can Tho. Vietnamese kids, 1968

Saigon Coca Cola delivery, 1968

Saigon from hotel balcony, 1968

Saigon parking lot, 1968

Saigon street scenes around Christmas, 1968

Saigon street scenes, 1968

Saigon street scenes, 1968

Saigon taxi, 1968

Saigon. A controversial monument, 1968

Saigon. Government Building (now the City Hall in Ho Chi Minh City). It is from the French Colonial days of Vietnam, 1968

Saigon. Joint United States Public Affairs Office, 1968

Saigon. Le Loi boulevard, Lam Son square with Marines statue and far is Lower House of RVN, 1968

Saigon. Restaurant Valinco, 1968

Saigon. Việt T(â)n tailor, 197 Đề Thám street, 1968

Saigon. Việt T(â)n tailor, 197 Đề Thám street, 1968

Saigon's "Saigon Taxis" wait at signal, 1968

Saigon market, 1968


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