Saigon behind the shoulders projects
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13 May

Saigon from behind

Saigon from behind
Saigon behind the shoulders

Seven young Vietnamese drawing enthusiasts have unveiled their project to depict Ho Chi Minh City as seen from behind people’s backs in a gentle and nostalgic fashion.

The drawing project is undertaken by Mark Nguyen, Tran Huu Danh, Hiia Huynh, Phong Vo, Ha Thanh Huy, Tuan Linh Tinh, and Ghi Nguyen.

They name their project “Sai Gon Sau Vai” (Saigon Behind Shoulders), using the former name of Ho Chi Minh City that many people still prefer now.

The Saigon-ese locals from all walks of life are featured in this collection of drawings, which also include details of the good old days.

“Here is Saigon, every time I mae a step out on the street, I see someone’s back. Though I do not see their faces, but they all do bring me some endless inspirations…” the seven young people wrote in their introduction to the project.

Take a look at how nice Saigon is in the project:


A rice noodle vendor delivers his dishes on a bicycle.


A paper pinwheel seller seen from behind. This is so nostalgic as one can rarely see paper pinwheel sellers in Ho Chi Minh City now.


Traffic policemen from behind


Ducks transported to Ho Chi Minh City from the countryside


Garbage collectors and their cart


This is GrabBike, right?


Santa Claus is coming to town.  


Tet (Lunar New Year) flowers


This was a popular means of transport for many passengers in Ho Chi Minh City in the past. The vehicle is called ‘xe lam’ by Saigonese. ‘Lam’ is a shortened form of the three-wheeled Lambro, made by the famed Italian company Lambretta.



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