French photographer shows the travel destinations of Vietnam at the end of the 19th century

The more than 100 years old beautiful and magnificent Indochina pictures of the French photographer Pierre Dieulefils still inspire amazed viewers today.

Since the end of the 19th century, many French photographers, including Pierre Dieulefils - the author of the beautiful and magnificent Indochina - made great efforts to study and get to know the culture of Vietnam. The works captured during this period, which reflect the daily life and routine of the Vietnamese people, and these old photographs have become invaluable resources over time.


Ha Long Bay more than a century ago

In 1994, the bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, which brought it worldwide fame.

Ban Gioc Waterfall

Ban Gioc is considered the most beautiful waterfall in Vietnam, one of the largest natural waterfalls in South East Asia.

The Ban Gioc waterfall is located in the Trung Khanh district in Province Cao Bang on the border with China, about 340 km (225 miles) north of Hanoi.

Boats in front of a factory in Cho Lon -Saigon district

The district was created between the 17th and 19th centuries, when ethnic Chinese and their relatives settled here and built a bustling neighborhood.

In the French colonial era, Cho Lon was a city separated from Saigon. Both were merged in 1956. At present, the Cho Lon area is located in districts 5 and 6 of Saigon.

The cathedral Notre-Dame of Saigon

Saigon's Notre-Dame Cathedral did not have two bell towers when it was consecrated in 1880. They were added later, in 1985, to give a total of six large bronze bells with two crosses at the top at a height of 60.5 meters.

The 140-year-old cathedral is located in a district popular with tourists, which also includes the historic main post office in District 1.

Mieu Temple
Mieu Temple in Hue Central Vietnam

Nine urns of the dynasty stand in front of the Mieu Temple in the imperial citadel of Hue. Construction of these nine urns began in 1835 and was completed in 1837 under the rule of King Minh Mang.
Each urn was decorated with 17 bas-reliefs and named in accordance with the posthumous titles of the Nguyen emperors worshipped in the Mieu temple.

Binh Loi Bridge in Saigon

With a length of 276 m and six spans, Binh Loi was the first bridge over the Saigon River and part of the initial phase of the Saigon-Nha Trang railroad line. It was built by Levallois-Perret, a construction company that emerged from the former Maison Eiffel, founded by the legendary engineer Gustave Eiffel.

Last June the bridge was dismantled after more than 100 years because of its poor condition.

Pierre Dieulefils (1862-1937)
Pierre Dieulefils (1862-1937)

Pierre Dieulefils (1862-1937) joined the army in 1883 and was later transferred to Indochina in 1885. Two years later he was discharged and returned to France. In 1888 he returned to North Vietnam and became a professional photographer and postcard publisher.

In 1909, he collected a series of photographs about Indochina and published a book of photographs entitled "Indochine Pittoresque & Monumentale": Annam - Tonkin". The work won him a gold medal at the International Exhibition in Brussels in 1910.