Little Saigon, SD
We met The Boulevard BIA two years prior in 2016 while painting our original Greetings from San Diego mural in North Park. They invited us back to paint our third Greeting style mural in one of our favorite cities on the west coast. We arrived in late January 2018 with temperatures in the high 70's. The Boulevard hooked us up with parking at Fair at 44 and passes to the YMCA across the street.
Before painting, we got acquainted with Little Saigon. We learned this area was designated an official district a few short years ago in City Heights, San Diego. After the fall of Saigon in 1975, people fled to this specific area, now owning and operating about 70% of the businesses today. We met the owner of Sin Lee Market where The Boulevard got us a wall to paint. They allowed us to block off parking with barricades in this high traffic area due to their booming business.
Victor began painting and that's when we started to recognize the iconic rice hats were actually not that cliche in this neighborhood. Women would sit outside the market wearing them, selling lotus leaf sticky rice known as bánh chưng. Throughout the few days working there, we ate at the famous Pho Hoa restaurant and got one too many Vietnamese coffees and egg rolls across the street at A-Chau.
Getting the last round of photos of the completed mural, we both felt truly honored to be part of the revitalization of this community. Little Saigon is a gem in San Diego that not many people know about and we painted there to change that.
S — Lotus flower
A — Dragon
I — Dragon
G — Pagoda
O — Pho
N — Bicyclist
Location: 4665 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115