The new Ho Chi Minh statue. Photo: Diep Duc Minh
Ho Chi Minh City’s Party unit on Sunday inaugurated the new statue of President Ho Chi Minh on a downtown pedestrian street as part of activities to celebrate his 125th birthday (May 19).
A number of high-ranking officials attended the inauguration ceremony.
Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong praised the HCMC government and its Party unit for their efforts to complete the construction of the 7.2-meter bronze statue on schedule. He said the building of the statue is a symbol of the city people’s eternal love for the founding father.
He called on the city to continue remaining a driving force for economic growth in the south and the country as a whole and strive to become an economic, finance and technology hub in Southeast Asia.
The new Ho Chi Minh statue is located on Nguyen Hue Street, which has recently been renovated to become a pedestrian-only street, in front of the HCMC People’s Committee building in District 1.
It stands 7.2 meters tall with a 2.7-meter base, nearly double the size of the old one. It is designed by Vietnamese painter and sculptor Lam Quang Noi.
The old statue, also in bronze showing a seated Ho Chi Minh with a little girl, has been standing since 1990 and was designed by Vietnamese sculptor Diep Minh Chau. It has been moved to the HCMC Children's House, a community center in neighboring District 3.