HCMC administrative building to have helipad, underground tunnels

Saigon’s municipal government recently announced its plans to update the turn-of-the-century Hotel de Ville, which sits at 86 Le Thanh Ton, by tacking on several modern accoutrements, including a helipad, a ground-floor display room and an underground tunnel connecting the city’s administrative centre to other “designated agencies.” Though there has been no word on how much this iconic building will change, the local People’s Committee has stipulated that the helipad must be designed with the currently-standing structure in mind. City officials will hold a contest to select the best possible design.