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VND190 billion approved for City Hall upgrade

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The HCMC People’s Council has recently approved spending VND190 billion on the City Hall upgrade project.

The State-funded project will renovate the 110-plus-year-old building where the council and the HCMC People’s Committee are headquartered.

The project will upgrade facilities and reconstruct deteriorating structures in blocks A and B of the French-built building. It is set to be completed by 2025.

This national relic was built in 1889 and completed in 1909 by Architect Femand Gardès, imitating the style of bell towers in the northern region of France. Sculptor Louis-Lucien Ruffier was responsible for the exterior decoration.

The City Hall was opened for public viewing for the first time on April 29 and 30 this year, as part of the program to mark Vietnam’s Reunification Day.

Visitors had a chance to see certain parts of the building, including the main hall, the international reception room on the ground floor, the second floor, a meeting room, and the balcony.

The City Hall welcomed 51 groups of visitors comprising almost 1,500 domestic and foreign individuals after two open days. This activity received favorable feedback from locals and foreigners.

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