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Sidewalk barbershops are a symbol of old Saigon. In the face of globalization and its demands for westernization, the sight of a simple chair placed beneath an awning where one can get an affordable trim just a few meters from a busy street is gradually vanishing.

As people seek modernity and newness, old traditions are being devalued and lost. Nothing exemplifies this trend more than the disappearance of barbers practicing their trade among a valued group that resembles friends as much as customers.

Read our story about Saigon’s street barbers here:


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4 Replies to “Sidewalk Barbers: A Glimpse of Old Saigon”

  1. I am a barber in the USA, near Seattle, WA (Tacoma). This is a very interesting and well-done video; thank you! The barbers did very good haircuts, and I have the same sentiments about my customers – making them look and feel better. I like Viet Nam and the videos I see about that country. Thank you! Keep up the good work!

  2. Kênh của tụi a làm hay quá, từ hình ảnh cho tới nội dung, cách xây dựng câu chuyện…rất muốn học hỏi và những chia sẻ từ tụi a

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