Ho Chi Minh City to restore and relocate iconic statues to make way for subway hub

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The historic Ben Thanh Market roundabout featuring a statue and a bust will be removed for a subway project. Photo: Minh Hung The historic Ben Thanh Market roundabout featuring a statue and a bust will be removed for a subway project. Photo: Minh Hung

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Ho Chi Minh authorities have announced plans to restore the iconic statue and bust that will be removed from the historic Ben Thanh Market roundabout to make way for a subway hub.
The decision was announced during the August 19 session of city's People’s Committee, according to a release on the city's website.
During the meeting, city authorities decided to move the bust of Quach Thi Trang into a downtown park after polling city residents for suggestions.
Trang was a student who was killed in 1963 during a demonstration against the government of the US-backed Southern Republic of Vietnam.
Protestors managed to form a human shield against police and build the bust in 1964.
At the meeting, deputy chairman of the city People’s Committee, said the bust will be moved to the Bach Tung Diep Park on Ly Tu Trong Street.
The city authorities also decided to move the statue of General Tran Nguyen Han (which sits at the center of same roundabout) to Phu Lam Park in District 6.
Built by the government of the Southern Republic during the Vietnam War (1954-1975), the statue commemorates General Han (unknown-1429) who helped Emperor Le Loi repel three Mongol invasions and establish the Le Dynasty (1428-1788).
The statue of the General and the bust of Quach Thi Trang are located at the center of the roundabout at the top of September 23rd Park 
The roundabout will serve as a critical part of the Ben Thanh – Suoi Tien metro line.
The combined underground and elevated railway will span nearly 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) connecting District 1 and District 9. The US$1.2 billion project, funded with Japanese aid money, is expected to open in 2018.

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