New Ho Chi Minh statue to be installed in Vietnam metro

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The park on Nguyen Hue Street, District 1, where a new statue of Ho Chi Minh will replace an existing one in 2015. Photo courtesy of HCMC Architects Association.  

Ho Chi Minh City will install a new bronze statue of Ho Chi Minh in 2015 to replace the existing one that was installed in 1990.

Nguyen Thanh Rum, director of the city Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said the city, named after the late president, needs a statue that is "more meaningful" without elaborating.

The old statue, also in bronze shows a seated Ho Chi Minh with a little girl.

The new statue will be 6.3 meters tall and will be erected a few meters away from the location of the old one in front of the People's Committee office in District 1.

The old statue will be moved to the HCMC Children's House, a community center in neighboring District 3.

The city has received 32 designs for the statue after it announced a contest in June. 

An art council established by the city People's Committee will choose the three best and they will be exhibited at the Ho Chi Minh Museum in District 4 from September 20 and October 20 to gather opinions from public servants and the public.

Based on the feedback, the council will choose the design.

Casting of the new statue will begin in early December.

The cost of the work, approved by the People's Committee, is estimated at VND30 billion (over US$1.42 million), Rum said.

The old statue, which is less than half the height of the new one, was made by Diep Minh Chau and installed to mark Ho Chi Minh's 100th birthday.

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam's preeminent revolutionary leader and first president, was born Nguyen Sinh Cung in 1890 in the north-central province of Nghe An.

He led Vietnam's freedom fights against the French and the Americans.

His statues have been installed in many countries, including Argentina, Cuba, France, India, Madagascar, Mexico, the Philippines, and Russia.

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