Ben Thanh Roundabout to Fall Victim to Metro Construction

We all know there’s a metro being built in Ho Chi Minh City and anyone familiar with the city’s legendary proportions of traffic congestion hopes it will be finished sooner rather than later. What we didn’t know until know is that it will also affect the Quach Thi Trang roundabout in front of Ben Thanh Market. In fact, as VnExpress.net reports, this major traffic junction will be destroyed altogether, along with the Ben Thanh bus station.

And you better say your goodbyes soon: both will be closed to traffic as early as Saturday, 18 February 2017. Pham Ngu Lao, Yersin and Ky Con streets will also be partially or completely blocked off during construction.

Ben Thanh market metro

Initially, municipal authorities announced minor changes to surrounding streets such as Yersin, Pham Ngu Lao or Tran Hung Dao. In reality, it seems that the area will be completely remodeled.

Plans include the metro terminus Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien, which will house four underground levels reaching a total depth of around 40 metres. What is now the Quach Thi Trang roundabout will be turned into a plaza centred around a skylight designed to illuminate the underground station below. The bus station will be replaced by a pedestrian square.

While these plans seem ambitious, the same can be said about the underground complex shown in the picture below. The Ben Thanh and Opera House metro stations will be connected by a subterranean walking street.

Under Ben Thanh market

Metro entrances are planned for the front of Ben Thanh Market, on Pham Ngu Lao, Ham Nghi and Phan Chu Trinh streets.

The completion of the station is scheduled for 2020; the expected overall cost of the metro line has reached $2.49 billion.

Updated: Feb. 20, 2017

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