Thu Thiem


Nothing endures but change – Heraclitus

The machines.

A year ago I went passed houses and green fields where I now find dirt, water and machines. More images from the changing landscape of Thu Thiem, District 2.

Clearing for the new city district.

The machines are ready.

All that remains, the gate.

Man versus progress. Catching the last catch.

Road sign for one of the local pagodas. Soon they will be gone too.

The road to the pagoda.

Old houses knocked down. Recent high rises in the background.

The mobile petrol station will be on the move soon.

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Remains from the house.


Hold tight wait till the party’s over

Hold tight We’re in for nasty weather

There has got to be a way

Burning down the house

Talking Heads 


Thu Thiem area in District 2 is undergoing a massive change and over 12000 households have been relocated according to this source.

“A new urban, financial services and commercial hub connecting the city” according to this one.

“Thu Thiem compensation bogged down” reports another.

For every action there is a re-action. The effects of the transformation are growing more evident. Houses that were selling goods and offering services are no longer there. Even minor pagodas are knocked down. Making way for progress. Locations that I photographed in less than a year ago are no longer existing except as a digital memory of something that once was.

All that's left...

Only the house alter was not completely destroyed.

The gate remains as well as the alter.

Empty shell.

Marking up the area for development with Saigon's skyline in the background.

As an oasis waiting to be conquered.

As an oasis waiting to be conquered. Version II


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