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EuroCham: Vietnam’s GDP Could Reach 21% With EU Trade Deal

Speaking at the Vietnam Business Forum last week, a senior EU official said that Vietnam’s annual GDP could see an additional 15% boost if it reached a free trade agreement with the EU by the end of t...

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5 Amazingly Designed Homes in Saigon

While Saigon is known for its ubiquitous rectangular houses, the city boasts some fine examples of unique and beautifully designed homes. Some are topped with trees, others allow for the maximum flow ...

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[Photos] Changes to Saigon’s Skyline (2003-2014): Part 2

Due to the popularity of previous articles capturing the physical changes of Saigon’s skyline over the past decade, we’ve managed to cobble together a new set of photos.

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Future Saigon: The Thu Thiem Marina

While there’s still a long ways to go before the Thu Thiem is completed (or started, for that matter), there are plans to build Saigon’s first marina on the southeast side of the new urban area.

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Businessman: Even Bill Gates Isn’t Qualified For A Work Permit In Vietnam

At an economic forum last Thursday held in Hanoi, attendees complained about difficulties in obtaining work permits for their employees due to “stringent” and “unreasonable” requirements that would ma...

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Saigon's Folding Wall House

It’s nice to see someone other than Vo Trong Nghia Architects making progressive home designs in Vietnam. This Folding Wall House was built by Nha Dan architects in 2013 and was designed to allow...

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[Video] City Planners Release Epic Plans for Future Saigon

And we thought the plan to reorganize downtown Saigon was ambitious. This new video from The Department of Planning and Architecture of HCMC shows what it envisions to be the future of Saigon.

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Future Saigon: the Eximbank Tower

As The One Ho Chi Minh City moves along at a slow pace, behind it, the Eximbank Tower has begun its gradual climb towards the Saigon sky.

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[Photos] Changes to Saigon’s Skyline (2003-2013): Part 1

Within just a decade, Saigon’s skyline has changed dramatically. This is illustrated through photos taken by Michael Waibel, editor of the TP. Hồ Chí Minh: MEGA City photo book, from the Caravelle Hot...

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Quang Ninh's Stone House

The Stone House from, you guessed it, Vo Trong Nghia Architects, was built back in 2011 but just caught our attention.

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[Photos] Changes Over Time: Saigon's Canals (2003 - 2014)

A major feature of Saigon’s recent urban development has been the implementation of major infrastructure projects including upgrading canals across the city.

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Future Saigon: Lim Tower 2

You may have noticed the large building going up on the corner of Vo Van Tan and Cach Mang Thang 8. This Lim Tower 2, a project being developed by CotecCons with financing from the JSC investment corp...

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[Photos] Looking Back at the Development of Phu My Hung (2003-2005)

Saigon South, the largest new urban area in Vietnam got its start in the mid-1990s through a joint-venture between a Taiwanese development company and a city development agency. The Phu My Hung New Ci...

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Nearly Gone But Not Forgotten: 213 Dong Khoi

The magnificent art deco apartment building at 213 Dong Khoi has nearly been reduced to a pile of rubble to make way for a 14-story City Administration Center.

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Sustainable Home Design for Vietnam's Low-Income Earners

It’s all about the green. Earlier this week we looked at a sustainability-focused kindergarten by Vo Trong Nghia Architects. While that project seeks to educate Vietnam’s youth, in the same compound, ...

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Vietnam Set to Overtake China as World’s Counterfeit Goods Capital

Due to rising labor costs in China, many counterfeit goods manufacturers are moving their operations to Vietnam. As the country becomes increasingly intertwined with the global economy via free trade ...

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[Slideshow] Amazing Views from The Manor

The Manor Saigon is a luxury condominium apartment complex consisting of two high-rise 30-storey towers in Binh Thanh District. They are located within the midst of a seemingly endless maze of typical...

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Future Saigon: The One Ho Chi Minh City

It’s been over a year since the row of old shop houses were torn down across from the Ben Thanh Market bus station to make way for The One Ho Chi Minh City. After a period of relative quiet, it looks ...

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Future Saigon: The German House

Earlier this week, Tuoi Tre reported that HCMC and the German General Consulate have agreed on a 99-year lease for a prime piece of real estate in the heart of downtown for the low, low price of VND1....

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[Slideshow] Changes Over Time: How Saigon's Skyline has Evolved Since 2003

The 33 storey Saigon Trade Center was completed in 1997 and was the tallest building in Vietnam until the erection of the Bitexco Financial Tower in 2010. On the roof terrace of the building, there wa...