former name of Ho Chi Minh City: capital of former South Vietnam 1954–76. Unabridged

South Vietnam

a former country in SE Asia that comprised Vietnam S of about 17° N latitude; a separate state 1954–75; now part of reunified Vietnam. Capital: Saigon. Unabridged
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Saigon (saɪˈɡɒn)
the former name (until 1976) of Ho Chi Minh City

South Vietnam
a former republic (1955--76) occupying the S of present-day Vietnam on the South China Sea and the Gulf of Thailand

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Saigon [(seye-gon)]

City in southern Vietnam; capital of South Vietnam from 1954 to 1975.

Note: A commercial, industrial, and transportation hub of Southeast Asia, Saigon enjoyed rapid growth and cultural prestige as the capital of French Indochina.
Note: American and South Vietnamese forces were headquartered in Saigon during the Vietnam War.
Note: Renamed Ho Chi Minh City by the victorious Vietnamese communists in 1976.
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