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New Admin. Center Behind People’s Committee To Include Heliport, Underground Passageways

The massive re-development of downtown Saigon (goodbye Tax Center and old trees, hello new metro station) will also include a new administration center in the area around the historic People’s Committ...

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Tân Sơn Nhất Airport Ramping Up Procedures For Ebola Detection, Quarantine

After issuing guidelines for preventative health centers in HCMC to take precautionary measures to combat an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in early August, The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Heal...

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Metro Line Construction Forcing Nearby Businesses To Downsize, Close

Construction on the underground portion of Saigon’s first metro line may have just started, but businesses in the surrounding area are starting to feel the pinch, complaining that sales are down as mu...

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Say Goodbye to Saigon's Tax Center

Another one of Saigon’s most iconic buildings is set to bite the dust. This time it’s District 1’s 90-year-old Tax Center that will be demolished later this year to make way for a 43-story tower.

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Family On Motorbike Crushed By Falling Tree In D1, Mother Fatally Wounded

36-year-old Nguyen Thi Dung died Sunday afternoon when a tree fell on her family’s motorbike due to fierce winds in downtown Saigon.

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HCMC To Install Surveillance Cameras On All Downtown Streets

City authorities have announced that a $12.7 million network of security cameras will be installed around District 1 to improve security and to crack down on traffic violations, reports Thanh Nien.

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Taxi Driver Fatally Stabs Xe Ôm Over Parking Space In Front Of Saigon Zoo

Yesterday morning, a Vinasun taxi driver fatally stabbed a xe ôm driver in front of the Saigon Zoo, reports Zing.

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Public Phones Set To Return To Saigon

Two years after being removed, public phone booths are about reappear on Saigon, mainly for tourist use, reports Vietnam Net.

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HCMC Needs $122 Billion For Infrastructure Development Over The Next 6 Years

At a meeting last Friday, Bui Xuan Cuong, deputy director of the city Transport Department, said that HCMC needs $122 billion for traffic infrastructure development by 2020. That’s about VND2,562,000,...

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57 Trees To Be Chopped Down For Bến Thành Metro Station

City authorities announced yesterday that they would cut down 57 more trees located in 23/9 Park, adjacent from Bến Thành Market, to make way for the new metro station, according to Tuoi Tre.

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Construction Begins On HCMC’s First Aboveground Metro Station

Less than a week after work started on the underground metro station in front of the Opera House, ground has been broken on the HCMC’s first aboveground station.

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[Photos] Lê Lợi Street Undergoing Massive Changes For Metro Line Construction

Saigon is getting ready to join the subway club, starting with the Bến Thành Market - Suối Tiên line which is set to open in 2018.

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Saigon Zoo Gets 3 New Giraffes

Last Thursday the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens welcomed some new additions – 3 giraffes imported from Thailand, reports Tuoi Tre.

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The World’s Oldest Woman Lives In Saigon

The Vietnam Records Organization (VRO) is planning to ask the Guinness Book of World Records to recognize 121-year-old Saigon resident Nguyen Thi Tru as the world’s oldest living person, reports DTI N...

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Future Saigon: The Bến Thành Market Metro Station

News about the start of construction of Saigon’s first metro terminal in front of the Saigon Opera House has been making the rounds this week, but there’s another large station set to be built in fron...

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100-Year-Old Trees In Front Of Opera House Cut Down To Make Way For Metro

Flower Street and the statues in front of Bến Thành Market aren’t the only sacrifices being made to accommodate the construction of Saigon’s first metro line.

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Statues In Front Of Bến Thành Market To Be Permanently Removed

As the Trần Nguyên Hãn an Quách Thị Trang statues that sit in front of Bến Thành Market continue their slow deterioration, the HCMC People’s Committee has agreed to remove, repair and relocate the pie...

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High-Speed Boats To Replace Hydrofoils Between HCMC – Vung Tau

A new fleet of tourist boats is set to replace the notorious, soviet-era hydrofoils that ran between HCMC and Vung Tau before being banned earlier this year after a series of breakdowns and fires.

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[Map] New “HCMC Region” To Include Vung Tau, Long An, Others

HCMC is about to get a whole lot bigger. Prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a plan to create the Ho Chi Minh City Region by 2030 that will better integrate key economically areas into the ur...

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Saigon’s Flower Street To Be Relocated For 2015

To accommodate renovations to Nguyen Hue Street, Saigon’s popular “Flower Street” will be moved to Ham Nghi Street next year.