Ho Chi Minh City

05 May, 2009

Ho Chi Minh City, an Asian “Supercity”


Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam. It has a rich history. It became part of Vietnam in the 17th century and it was the capital city of the French colony and later of the independent state of South Vietnam. It covers a total area of over 2000 square kilometers and hosts more than 6.5 million people, having a density of over 8000 people / square kilometer. It is situated on the banks of the Saigon River. The city was first a small fishing village. It was inhabited by Khmer people before the Vietnamese.

Ho Chi Minh City’s center has kept some of the traditions. It still has large streets and French buildings. Some of the buildings in the city center are Reunification Palace, Municipal Theater, City Post Office, State Bank Office, and Hotel Majestic. The city also has museums like the Museum of Vietnamese History, the Revolutionary Museum. Also, tourists can visit the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens that date from 1865. The city has a tropical climate, with an average humidity of 75%. There are 2 seasons, the rainy season (from May to November) and the dry season (From December to April).

Ho Chi Minh City is the most important economic center in Vietnam. Its economy consists of mining, agriculture, finance, industry, trading and seafood processing. Many businesses are involved in high-tech, electronic and construction fields. There are many investments that are made here. The city is developing, and has many science parks like: Quang Trung Software Park and Saigon Hi-Tech Park.

The city has about 75 universities and colleges with almost 400000 students like: HCMC University of Pedagogy, University of Economics and University of Architecture. There are also hundreds of cinemas and theaters that make you want to live there.

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