Bình Tây, one of the region’s biggest wholesale markets, is seeing more than double its average number of visitors as the traditional Tết (Lunar New Year) holiday approaches. (Photo by Ngọc Diệp) Viet Nam News The 90-year-old Bình Tây Market in District 6 is busier than ever weeks before the traditional Tết (Lunar New Year) holiday season. Thu Anh reports. Bình Tây, one of the southern region’s biggest wholesale markets, is seeing more than double its average number of visitors in the weeks before the holiday season. Last month, the market’s shop owners began preparing for the year’s biggest business season, hoarding thousands of Vietnamese items. More than 1,446 stalls in Bình Tây are selling a wide variety of goods, including quality food, garments, footwear, handicrafts and oriental medicinal herbs. “Not many markets in HCM City can offer their customers as … [Read more...] about Historic market prepares for busy Tết after year-long upgrade
Renovated old houses before and after
Viet Nam News Trần Ngọc Hùng, chairman of the Việt Nam Construction Association, speaks to Việt Nam News Agency about key reasons for the delays in the renovation of old living quarters in Hà Nội. How do you evaluate the national programme to renovate old living quarters? The national programme to renovate old living quarters was launched more than 10 years ago, but its implementation has been very slow. As a consequence, its results have been limited. According to the latest report, some 25 percent of the old living quarters have been described as “very dangerous.” They could collapse at any time and the lives of people living in these building are at risk. What are the main factors preventing the programme from following its approved plan? The Government’s policy is totally right, yet specific guidelines and solutions to implement the policy have not been translated into real life. I should say the implementation of the … [Read more...] about Why does renovation of old living quarters proceed so slowly?
VietNamNet Bridge – The HCM City People’s Committee will issue temporary construction permits to allow owners to renovate old houses or build new houses in areas where construction projects have been suspended. Owners of houses in HCM City’s District 12 are waiting for temporary construction permits to renovate their houses. In the areas on the city’s 1:2000 ratio programming map, individuals or organisations will be allowed to renovate or build a new structure with no more than three floors. In mixed agricultural land and residential areas, owners can either renovate or build a new building if the structure was built before July 2006. If it was built after July 2006, only renovation can be done. In areas with road traffic projects or along railway safety corridors, owners can renovate or build … [Read more...] about HCM City to thaw suspended building renovations
Viet Nam News By Bạch Liên An older Frenchman walking with the help of a cane has become a familiar figure to many residents of southern Việt Nam. He visits orphanages, gives school equipment to children, and helps build houses - and he never asks for anything in return. They call him Ông Tây (the familiar Vietnamese monicker for an older Western man), but his real name is Marc De Muynck, founder and vice president of the humanitairan non-profit organisation Les Enfants du Dragon (Children of the Dragon). The name is based on the legend that the Vietnamese people are descendants of a love union between a dragon and a fairy. He founded the organisation in 2009 with a Vietnamese friend, a dental surgeon, after several trips to Việt Nam during which he witnessed the hard life of many of its inhabitants. "I visited other Asian countries…but with Việt Nam, the link is different. It is indefinable, made of a sheaf of sensations that makes me feel very good here," he said. Former … [Read more...] about The life of an old French soldier in Việt Nam
VietNamNet Bridge - Hanoi has been calling for investment to renovate and rebuild 10 old apartment buildings, at a total cost of VND316.8 trillion (nearly US$15 billion). This figure is equivalent to more than half the city’s gross regional domestic product (GRDP) in 2015 (about $27.6 billion). The biggest projects include the Ngoc Khanh dormitories with VND47,000 billion, Thanh Cong dormitories with VND44,000 billion, Nghia Tan dormitories with VND42,800 billion, and Kim Lien dormitories with VND42,600 billion. Other projects consist of the dormitories of Quynh Mai, Tan Mai, Giang Vo, Vinh Ho, Trung Tu and Khuong Thuong. The last project has the lowest investment of VND 6,000 billion. In February 2016, Hanoi published a list of 42 dormitories of serious degradation. Among them the apartment building of the highest dangerous level (D) are G6A building of Thanh Cong dormitories, building A of Ngoc Khanh dormitories and the apartment building of the Ministry of Justice in Ba … [Read more...] about Hanoi needs $15 billion to renovate old apartment buildings