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Trash piles up at Saigon's forgotten tourist info stations

Trash piles up at Saigon's forgotten tourist info stations


Back in 2008, Ho Chi Minh City decided to spend VND32 billion ($1.4 million) on 100 information stations to help visitors search for where to go and what to do. So far 13 stations have been built in Districts 3 and 5. Fast forward a decade, what once appeared as a visionary idea has become a costly failure.


Trash piles up at Saigon's forgotten tourist info stations


This station at the corner of Cach Mang Thang Tam and Tu Xuong in District 3 is now a public trash can. “It has been broken for a long time but no one came to fix it, so locals just keep bringing their garbage here,” a xe om driver told VnExpress.


Trash piles up at Saigon's forgotten tourist info stations


A rusty station on Vo Van Tan Street in District 3.


Trash piles up at Saigon's forgotten tourist info stations


“No one uses this station so I’ve been coming here to take shelter in rainy days,” Ngoc, a scrap vendor, said of the station near the Turtle Lake traffic circle in District 3.


Trash piles up at Saigon's forgotten tourist info stations


A touch screen that has stopped working.


Trash piles up at Saigon's forgotten tourist info stations


A wire comes out from a station on Pham Ngoc Thach Street. “The authorities should remove these stations to give space for the sidewalks. Or they need to fix them to ensure safety for pedestrians,” a visitor named Chi from Hanoi said.


Trash piles up at Saigon's forgotten tourist info stations


The station in front of the War Remnants Museum in District 3 has been out of use for a long time. Brian, a tourist, said he actually wanted to use to the screen to check information but it didn't work. "What a pity!” he said.


Trash piles up at Saigon's forgotten tourist info stations


This is what the touch screen of a station on Nguyen Van Cu Street, District 5 looks like these days.


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