Ho Chi Minh City(redirected from Sài Gòn)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
Ho Chi Minh CityFormerly Sai·gon (sī-gŏn′)
The largest city of Vietnam, in the southern part of the country near the South China Sea. An ancient Khmer settlement, it was known as Saigon throughout most of its history, serving as the administrative center of French Indochina and, after 1954, as the capital of South Vietnam. The city was renamed after the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.
Ho Chi Minh City
(Placename) a port in S Vietnam, 97 km (60 miles) from the South China Sea, on the Saigon River: captured by the French in 1859; merged with adjoining Cholon in 1932; capital of the former Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) from 1954 to 1976; university (1917); US headquarters during the Vietnam War. Pop: 5 030 000 (2005 est). Former name (until 1976): Saigon
Ho′ Chi` Minh′ Cit′y
a seaport in S Vietnam. 4,000,000. Formerly, Saigon.