The projects that help Ho Chi Minh City gradually become a “International City”

Celebrating the 49th anniversary of the Great Victory (April 30), and International Labor Day on May 1, Ho Chi Minh City has made its mark with remarkable projects, creating a new face and a new mark for Vietnam’s economic locomotive.

These projects not only make a change for Ho Chi Minh City’s landscape and – benefit its residents, but also “wake up” (hoặc có thể dùng “unlock”) the potential, and push the HCMC’s economic increases (rapidly) in the next years.

Especially, after the National Assembly’s Resolution 98/2023/QH15 has been explored since August 2023 about the initial distinct mechanisms, and special policies for HCMC’s development that help more project drive faster and open new milestones potentially.

The first project that left its mark must be mentioned is the Saigon River Crossing Tunnel: in November 2011, the historic River Crossing Tunnel,which connects two riversides, was completed after 7 years of construction. This tunnel is the most important part of the East-West Highway project of HCMC. The Saigon River Crossing Tunnel is considered the most modern in Southeast Asia, with: a length of 1.49km, a width of 33m, a height of 9m, and 6 lanes for cars.

The first New City Center in HCMC: Developed by Phu My Hung Development Corporation (Phu My Hung Corp.). This is the first whole country’s model city that was recognized by the Construction Department.  In 1996, Phu My Hung Corp. started the city’s infrastructure. That was Nguyen Van Linh Parkway long 17.8km, road width 120m, and 10 lanes. Nguyen Van Linh Parkway is the newly built across the marshland of Nha Be suburban district (district 7 now), district 8, and Binh Chanh suburban district. From here, the first painting of a modern city isbegan. After 30 years of building and development, Phu My Hung today not only completed functions, and architecture space, but also has a lifestyle position called “Modern city, Human civilization”, and attracts more than 65,000 residents to come here to live, study, work, and relax. Of this is 50% foreigner from 26 countries and regions around the world.

Landmark 81 is the highest building in Vietnam. Built by Vingroup in 2015 with a capital investment of up to USD 300 million, it was completed and operated officially in 2018. Landmark 81 opened the first category Vincom Center Landmark 81 after 1461 days of construction. On April 28, 2019, it opened Vietnam’s highest Skyview observatory,  which was also the highest in Southeast Asia at that time. So far, it is on the list of the 20 highest buildings in the world.

Event Square: The square in front of the Ho Chi Minh Uncle’s statue (Nguyen Hue Street, people prefer walking street name) was operated by the HCMC Committee on April 30, 2015. Connecting the People’s Committee building with Bach Dang Wharf, this square is beautiful and mentioned as Vietnam’s most modern, with an investment  of VND 430 billion.

Ba Son Bridge: Ba Son Bridge across to Saigon River that connects District 1 and Thu Duc City. It had broken ground in 2015 and opened traffic on celebrating April 30, 2022, with total capital about VND 3.1 trillion. This bridge is 1,400 meters long, with 6 lanes. With its distinctive architecture and cable-stayed design featuring main towers, Ba Son Bridge has become a new symbol of Ho Chi Minh City.

Metro line No.1 and first underground space in HCMC: In this picture is the Metro line No.1 running in the Ba Son’s underground station with length of 2.5 km through City Opera Theatre to Ba Son port. Fromthis point , the HCMC’s underground space will expand gradually along the Metro lines and other future constructions. According to HCMC’s Urban Railway Management Board, the construction of the underground parts and station was done. This of, Ben Thanh central station where meeting of four metro lines No. 1, 2, 3A, and 4 has scale as a 4floor building with 236 meters long, 60meters width and down ground at 32 m. As scheduled, Metro line No.1 from Ben Thanh to Suoi Tien will be commercial operation in July 2024.

Ring road No.3 project passing through HCM City has been rushed construction. All of this road passing HCMC and the provinces of Binh Duong, Dong Nai, and Long An, started in June 2023 with a total investment cost of over VND 75,000 billion. Approximately, this project will operate in 2026.

In the past years, the operation of series of highwaysthat connect the traffic system from HCMC to other provinces such as highwaysHCMC- Long Thanh – Dau Giay, HCMC-Trung Luong. It is expected that more highways will be constructed, including HCMC-Moc Bai and HCMC – Chon Thanh.

The 3-story intersections An Phu that is the most modern in HCMC: Due to the information from Transportation Works Construction Investment Project Management Authority of Ho Chi Minh City that An Phu intersections traffic will be completed on April 30, 2025. This project has over VND 3,400 billion and listed as the most modern intersection in HCMC.

Aviation city project: T3 station project belongs to Tan Son Nhat airport has an investment of VND 11,000 billion. In the plan, this project will be operational by June 2025. T3 station will be integrated multi-technology, amenity aiming to enhance the consumer experiment and toward to the “Aviation city” vision.