District 2, Ho Chi Minh City
Position in HCMC's core
|Centrally governed city||Ho Chi Minh City|
|Seat||249 Luong Dinh Cua|
|• Total||50 km2 (20 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,800/km2 (7,300/sq mi)|
|• Main ethnic groups||predominantly Kinh|
|Time zone||ICT (UTC+07)|
The district has 11 phường, or wards:
- An Lợi Đông
- An Khánh
- An Phú
- Bình An
- Bình Khánh
- Bình Trưng Đông
- Bình Trưng Tây
- Cát Lái
- Thảo Điền
- Thủ Thiêm
- Thạnh Mỹ Lợi
In the past, District 2 was one of the poorest parts of Ho Chi Minh City due to the separation by the Saigon River from the city center. However, it is now the one of the prioritized area for investment by the government of Ho Chi Minh City. The completion of Thu Thiem Bridge in 2008 and Thu Thiem Tunnel in 2011 were expected to support the development of the Thủ Thiêm New Urban Area. Thu Thiem Tunnel joins District 2 with District 1 (Central Sài Gòn), the central area of Ho Chi Minh City. The other connection of District 2 to the central city area is the Thu Thiem Bridge, which connects District 2 and Bình Thạnh District. The transportation to District 2 will be much easier when the metro, whose route passes through District 2, comes into use. This will be the first metro in Vietnam, and it will help Ho Chi Minh City to catch up with other developed cities in the world.
The Vietnamese government is seeking to build a completely new district for wealthy citizens as well as a new economic center. Thanh Nien and Tuổi Trẻ, two newspapers in Vietnam, describe that the new District 2 will be as modern as Singapore and Hong Kong.
Less prosperous agricultural workers of District 2 have been forced to move in slum clearance measures. Thatched houses will be replaced by multi-story house and villas. A few single-family homes will be constructed for those with large[clarification needed] incomes. A large number of citizens would go on living in high-grade apartment blocks. Each block contains swimming pools, tennis courts, shopping malls, and other necessary services. There will be kindergartens, elementary schools, and high schools, but there will be no university, as all the universities are being moved to Thu Duc district to form the University Village, which is another plan of the city government. Beside the residential area will be the economic and trade zone with modern skyscrapers.
District 2, particularly Thảo Điền ward, has a large portion of Ho Chi Minh City's expatriate community, and as such has a large number of restaurants, bars and shops selling European foods, particularly the high street Xuan Thuy. Traffic has become a major problem in District 2 due to its proximity to several international schools and many residents who travel by private vehicle.
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District 2 is home to many international schools, partly because of the high number of foreign residents, and also because of its proximity to District 1. Below is a list of schools that are in this area:
- International School Ho Chi Minh City, 28 Vo Truong Toan Street, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- British International School Vietnam
- Australian International School, Vietnam, 264 Mai Chi Tho Road, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- EUROPEAN International School Ho Chi Minh City
- Deutsche Schule HCMC – The International German School (IGS)
- "HCMC's Population and population density in 2010 by district". HCMC Office of Statistics. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
- "International School Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam IB Schools". Retrieved 8 September 2016.
- "Home - British International School, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam". Retrieved 8 September 2016.
- "AIS - A leading IB World School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam". Retrieved 8 September 2016.
- "International German School Vietnam IGS". Retrieved 8 September 2016.