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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 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.
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.
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, 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.
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
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.
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!