At the opening ceremony of the exhibition (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – An exhibition featuring French architecture in Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City in the late 19th and early 20th centuries opened in the southern city on November 4.

On display are about 300 documents, photos, maps and designs preserved by Vietnam and provided by the French Consulate General in HCM City.

In his opening remarks, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Tran Vinh Tuyen, said the exhibition is expected to contribute to expanding the cooperation and friendship between Vietnam and France in the time ahead.

Vincent Floreani, French Consul General to HCM City, applauded the cultural and historical values of the exhibition, which introduces the cultural diversity of Saigon-HCM City - a valuable asset that needs to be preserved and promoted by next generations.

The event, to run for 20 days, marks the 320th anniversary of Saigon-Cho Lon-Gia Dinh-HCM City (1698-2018) and the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and France.

It is also to welcome French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on his three-day official visit to Vietnam at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.-VNA