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The City Hall in Ho Chi Minh City is called by many names. The City Hall was called the Town Hall till 1954. In the brief span of time between 1954 and 1975 it was renamed the City Hall of Saigon. Since 1975 the building has been called the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Building. This charming cream and yellow French Colonial Building stands at the end of Nguyen Hue Boulevard on the Le Thanh Ton Street.

The construction of this building started in March 1898 and was completed in 1908. The building is said to be designed by the famous French architect P. Gardes’s whose design contributed to the main hall and the rectangular wings. On the top of the building is the famous bell tower which is placed on a pyramid like pedestal. The presence of bell towers (Hanoi flag tower) is adapted from Renaissance architecture and is a feature that is common to most European town halls.

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