The exhibition “Geography – Administration” generally introduces the history of the formation and development of Saigon since 1698, when the Nguyen Lord appointed Commander-in-chef Nguyen Huu Canh to go on inspection over the southern part to establish the administration here.
The incessant development of Saigon land in each historical phase was presented through a number of maps, graphs, pictures, and the Bat Quai Citadel (1790 – 1835). Additionally, this room displays the ten names of Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City from the past to present and several documentary images of hundreds of years ago showing the appearance of an urban area with architectural works, palaces, buildings, and so on, which are still preserved and maintained to this day. All have contributed to the City’s beauty, marking the formation and development of this land that has been known as the “Pearl of the Far East” since the beginning of the twentieth century.
Having experienced over 300 years of formation and development, Ho Chi Minh City has gained a significant number of great and comprehensive achievements in all aspects including economy, politics, education, culture, and so on, as well as gradually become a center of economy, finance, trade and science – technology for the country and South East Asian, which positively contributes to making Vietnam become a modern industrialized country.