About Ho Chi Minh

History of Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), was already the center of commerce centuries ago.The merchants from China, Japan and many European countries used to visit Pho Island, center of trade, along the Saigon River.

In 1874 Cho Lon merged with Saigon and became the biggest city in Indochina. It often was called The Pearl Of The Far East. After the unification of all of Vietnam, the 6th congress officially changed the name Saigon to Ho Chi Minh City on July 2, 1976. Its history is deeply related to Vietnam’s independent resistance.

Currently Ho Chi Minh City is a center of science, technology and industry and a core tourism destination as well as the center of commerce.

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Ho Chi Minh City Facts

Population8,200,000
Size2,099km²
GDP(per capita)Approx. $5,420 US
Economic growth rate9.85%
Relationship with Korea· 11/19/1993 Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Ho Chi Minh City · 11/03/1995 Sisterhood affiliation between Ho Chi Minh City and Pusan City established· Number of Korean enterprises operating in Ho Chi Minh City and surrounding area: Approx. 2,500

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