‘Redefine the skyline’: how Ho Chi Minh City is erasing its heritage | Cities | The Guardian
No official public records are kept, but it is estimated that more than a third of the city’s historic buildings have been destroyed over the past 20 years.
In 1993 the Centre for Prospective and Urban Studies, a Franco-Vietnamese urban research agency, classified 377 buildings in the central districts 1 and 3 as heritage sites. By 2014, 207 of those had been demolished or altered beyond recognition. “For the past four years it has been continuing for sure,” says one urban planner involved in the original inventory, who did not want to be named.