Ho Chi Minh City Hall
Ho Chi Minh City Hall or Hôtel de Ville de Saïgon (Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee Head office - Trụ sở Ủy ban Nhân dân Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh) was built in 1902-1908 in a French colonial style for the then city of Saigon. It was renamed after 1975 as Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee.
Although this elegant colonial building is not open to public, Ho Chi Minh City Hall is very popular with tourists and offers great photo opportunities. Tourists can take photographs outside and many people choose to do this at night when the building and its grounds are lit up.
In 1990 a statue of the namesake has been installed in the park in front of the building to celebrate his 100th birthday. It displays Uncle Ho sitting next to a girl. This status has been replaced in May 2015. The new statue is also made of bronze, is 7.2 metres high and displays Ho Chi Minh standing and greeting his followers.
Found in District 1, the Ho Chi Minh City Hall is quite easy to get to. Set off from Le Lai street and head east to the roundabout near the Ben Thanh Market. Take the third exit on the right – Huynh Thuc Khang street – and walk for around 700 metres. You will come to the intersection with Nguyen Hue where you take the left and then an immediate right onto Mac Thi Buon where the building is found. It is only 1.6 km (1 mi) from Le Lai steet to the building, however you can also get on the number 2, 3, 13, 36 bus on Le Lai street and get off after 4 stops on Le Loi.
Other buildings nearby:
- "New Ho Chi Minh statue to be erected in Vietnam metro". Thanh Nien Daily. Retrieved 2015-11-10.
- "Vietnam inaugurates statue of late President Ho Chi Minh to celebrate his 125th birthday". tuoitrenews.vn. Retrieved 2015-11-10.
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