Ho Chi Minh City starts restoring 131-year-old court building

By Phan Thuong, Thanh Nien News

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 The Ho Chi Minh City People's Court  Photo: Diep Duc Minh
The Ho Chi Minh City People's Court Sunday began restoration of its 131-year-old heritage building, a city cultural icon, which is deteriorating in many places.
Chief Justice Ung Thi Xuan Huong said the work, first planned in 2006, would be completed in September next year at an estimated cost of VND80 billion (US$3.58 million).
The restoration would improve the building's structure and functions without compromising its architecture, she said.
Designed by French architects, the building in District 1 has two floors and a basement.
It was one of three courts built by the French colonialists, the others being in Hanoi and the central city of Da Nang. The Da Nang court was razed and a new building was built in its place in 2013.

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