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New Ho Chi Minh Statue Unveiled In Saigon

The new statue of Ho Chi Minh has finally emerged from its blue cocoon in front of Saigon’s People’s Committee Building.

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The 7.2 meter statue was officially inaugurated on Sunday just in time for the late President’s 125th birthday (which happens to be today), reports Thanh Nien

A number of high-ranking officials joined the inaugural event where Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong commended the local government for launching the statue on schedule, adding that “the building of the statue is a symbol of the city people’s eternal love for the founding father,” wrote the paper.

Designed by Vietnamese painter and sculptor Lam Quang Noi, the statue sits on a 2.7 meter base, nearly double that of its predecessor which has since been moved to the HCMC Children’s House.

The old statue by Vietnamese sculptor Diep Minh Chau that depicts a seated Ho Chi Minh with a little girl stood on the site for 25 years.

The installation of the bronze-cast representation of Ho Chi Minh signals the end of the first phase for downtown Saigon’s pedestrian promenade

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