With only US$10, you can be above Saigon. Nice huh!? I’m talking about the newest skyscraper, and the tallest, the Bitexco Financial Tower.
With 68 floors above ground and three basements, the building has a height of 262.5 metres (861 ft), make it become the 124th tallest building in the world. It was designed by Carlos Zapata Studio, and is located in the business district of the city. The tower was the tallest building in Vietnam from 2010 to early 2011 whenKeangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower topped out on January 24, 2011.
Bitexco Financial Tower has more than 16 elevators that can reach any position and any floor in the building within 45 seconds. When the building comes into operation, about 10,000 people will work there. Because of its size, the project is designed with three basements covering 33,000 square metres (360,000 sq ft) for parking and for equipment for the building’s operation. The tower is located on an area of 6,000 square metres (65,000 sq ft) with the floor area of over 100,000 square metres (1,100,000 sq ft). Total estimated cost of this project is more than US$220 million. With the completion, Bitexco Financial Tower is the tallest building in Ho Chi Minh City, reaching 262.5 metres (861 ft) in height. The tallest building in Vietnam will still be the Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower at 336 metres (1,102 ft). The tower is mostly made made of steel and glass and shaped as a lotus petal. The lotus is considered a symbol of Vietnamese culture.
A helipad is located on the 50th floor at the height of 191 metres (627 ft) from the ground. This helipad is a unique feature of the tower, reaching out from the tower itself. A observation deck is also located on the 47th floor, below the helipad. At this height, visitors can see 360 degree view of the city. Visitors have to buy tickets before they enter this floor. Each ticket costs 200,000 VND, about $10.
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