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Dear Architects, Designers, Travelers, and Fans,

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, once “The Pearl of the Far East” is the second-largest city in Vietnam (the largest being Hanoi). It is the most crowded city in the country with the official population of over 8 million people on the total area of over 2,095 km<sup>2</sup>. The city now comprises 19 districts and 5 suburban districts. District 1, along the Saigon River, where downtown Saigon is located, is the commercial center and contains most of the city’s monuments and landmarks. 8 km away in the district 5 resides in a big market or Cho Lon where the Chinese community lives. With favorable weather the whole year round and the convenient access from other countries by air, by road and by sea, Ho Chi Minh city is a busy and dynamic metropolitan.

Giac Lam Pagoda

Giac Lam Pagoda was built in 1744 so it is believed to be the eldest pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam. Located at 565 Lac Long Quan street, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City. It was built by Ly Thuy Long under the Nguyen dynasty. In the beginning pagoda’s name was Son Can then change. In 1774, Zen Master Linh Nhac (abbot of Tu An pagoda) sent his disciple, Zen Master Vien Quang, to become Giac Lam Pagoda’s abbot and change the name of the pagoda to Giac Lam.

Ba Thien Hau Temple

This oldest richly decorated Chinese temple was built by Cantonese Congregation at the end of the 18th century and dedicated to the Heavenly Lady (locally called Thien Hau), who was supposed to be the protector of the fishermen and seafarers. Among the other altars are one (locally called Long Mau) dedicated to the protection of women and newborns and yet another (locally called Kim Hue) to sterile women and mothers who have no sons. Incense coils, ceramic figurines, richly attired statues, and a model boat commemorating the arrival of the first Chinese from Canton is among the items of interest here.

Ho Chi Minh City Hall

Designed by the French architect P. Gardes, The Ho Chi Minh City Hall was built and put into use in 1909 as a hotel whose original name was Hotel de Ville, as a less ornate version of the glamorous Hotel de Ville in Paris. It is thus one of the oldest, biggest, and most beautiful French-style buildings in Ho Chi Minh City; the most prominent landmark of the city that now functions as City Hall as well.

Saigon Tower

Saigon Tower, the most important business address in the city, designed the 18 levels enjoying a spacious column grid of 8.3 by 11 meters, giving maximum flexibility for either open space planning or modular office planning and each floor may be divided into nine units or maintained as one.

42 Nguyen Hue Coffee Apartment

The coffee apartment at 42 Nguyen Hue is right in the middle of the street in between the Saigon River and the City Hall that sits on either end of Nguyen Hue. The 42 Nguyen Hue is a prominent example of a cafe-apartment, yet faces demolition and redevelopment. It was home to many high-ranking government officials before 1975 and also served as a residence of US advisors and naval officers. Today the nine-story the building is filled with different stores including coffee shops, co-working offices and clothes shops.

Nguyen Hue Walking St

Nguyen Hue Walking Street is the most beautiful and largest road in Ho Chi Minh City with colorful decoration and a modern water fountain system. This is considered the heart of District 1. The walking zone has two lanes for transportation circulation. It runs from the Ho Chi Minh City Hall to the Saigon River. Besides, it is the place to organize parades, meetings, street and flower festivals, exhibitions, culture and sports activities, art performances… of Ho Chi Minh City.

Saigon River

Saigon River has 230 km length across Ho Chi Minh City, which flows from Vietnam - Cambodia border. It became important because it supplied water to the city and is home to the Saigon Port, which is a hub for the import and export of goods to and from the South of Vietnam.

Landmark 81

With 461.15 meters (1,513.0 ft) tall, 81-story building is built on the western banks of the Saigon River in the city's Binh Thanh District, located just north of Ho Chi Minh City's historic center and to the immediate south of Saigon Bridge. The tower is at the heart of the $1.5 billion high-end mixed-use urban areas called Vinhomes Central Park. The development comprises hotel and conference facilities, luxury apartments, high-end retail spaces, restaurants, bars, and a multi-story observation deck at the tower's crown.

Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City

Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City is the flagship project of Germany in Vietnam and for the ASEAN region. Designed by architect Meinhard von Gerkan with the 25-story building,  strategically located in the corner of Le Duan and Le Van Huu Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, offers 30,000 net square meters of office space to the market.

The tower was designed by Carlos Zapata, got the inspiration for this skyscraper's unique shape from Vietnam's national flower, the Lotus. With the 68-story, 262.5-meter (861ft) skyscraper is reportedly reminiscent of the lotus flower which Vietnamese people normally refer to as the floral emblem, while if you focus on the helipad, the building resembles a CD rack. The tower offers an awe-inspiring 360-degree view of the city.

Measure of Taipei Skyline 
h= 244mm / 9.6in
l= 280mm / 11in

I think this idea will be a great Lego Set of approximately 765 Lego bricks, that many people could enjoy! Ho Chi Minh city is such an amazing, beautiful city, and it is awesome to build it in Lego bricks! Thank you to all the supporters! Thank you to all the followers!

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David (vboihuynh)

Design and photography: David Huynh
Counselor: Kitty Huynh

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