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Vietnamese Crowds Shower Love on President Obama

President Obama received a warm welcome during his first visit to Vietnam.

People gather along President Barack Obama's motorcade route as he travels in Ho Chi Minh City on May 24.

The president's Asia trip is designed to highlight the President's continued pivot to Asia, specifically economic, trade and security cooperation and cement the President's legacy as his second term winds down.

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A crowd gather near Vietnam's presidential palace as Obama begins his three-day visit to Vietnam on May 23 in Hanoi.

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Children look at the motorcade transporting Obama before an arrival ceremony at the presidential palace in Hanoi on May 23.

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A press van in Obama's motorcade drives through a narrow street en route to visit American Chef Anthony Bourdain in Hanoi on May 24.

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Obama talks with Anthony Bourdain after an interview in Hanoi.

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Obama greets people as he walks to his motorcade after meeting Anthony Bourdain.

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Obama stands with Thich Minh Thong, abbot of the Jade Emperor Pagoda, right, and Duong Ngoc Dung, professor at HoChi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities, in Ho Chi Minh City on May 24.

The Jade Emperor Pagoda is one of the most notable and most visited cultural destinations in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Obama bows as he visits the Jade Emperor Pagoda with Thich Minh Thong, abbot of the Jade Emperor Pagoda.

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Vietnamese wait for Obama outside the Jade Pagoda on May 24.

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People hold up a sign welcoming Obama in Ho Chi Minh City on May 24.

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Obama tours a high-tech display at the DreamPlex Coworking Space in Ho Chi Minh City on May 24.

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Obama shakes hands with a local as he leaves after having dinner at Bun cha Huong Lien in Hanoi on May 23.

Bun cha is a traditional Vietnamese dish made of noodle and grilled pork.

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Crowds outside of Bun cha Huong Lien greet Obama.

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Obama shakes hands with local residents outside Bun cha Huong Lien on May 23.

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Vietnamese welcome Obama outside the Jade Emperor Pagoda on May 24.

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A Vietnamese resident holds up a sign welcoming Obama in Ho Chi Minh City on May 24.

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Obama delivers a speech at the National Convention Center in Hanoi on May 24.

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