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Ho Chi Minh City

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Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnamese: Thành Phố Hồ Chí Minh), formerly Sàig̣n, is the largest city in Vietnam.

Emperor Bao Dai set up Saigon as his capital in 1950. Bao's government (under Ngo Dinh Diem) was established in 1954 as the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam). This lasted until 1975, when Communist forces from North Vietnam and their allies in the Viet Cong overran the city -- some Americans refer this event as the fall of Saigon[?]. The victorious Communists then renamed the city after their former leader Ho Chi Minh. The former name Saigon is still used by the city's inhabitants.

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