Thursday, July 12, 2018

Old Saigon Building of the Week: The Glitz and Glam of Tu Do Nightclub



Among those snazzy night hangouts, Tu Do Nightclub was perhaps one of the most iconic landmarks in the minds of old Saigoneers, for a variety of reasons. Located at the corner of Tu Do and Thai Lap Thanh streets (now Dong Khoi and Dong Du, respectively), during its heyday, music lovers and social butterflies flocked to the comfortable booths of Tu Do every night to sway along with the hottest crooners of the day: Khanh Ly, Tuan Ngoc, Khanh Ha, etc.

Up until at least the 1950s, the building that housed Tu Do was home to La Croix du Sud (The Southern Cross), a café and nightclub that was a favorite haunt for French soldiers. The street was first named Rue Catinat during the French occupation, and was renamed to Tu Do in 1955, but most locals still referred to its French name for at least the next decade or so. Dong Du Street’s name back then was Amiral Dupré.

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