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Le Loi Blvd in downtown Ho Chi Minh City hit by graffiti vandalism

Le Loi Blvd in downtown Ho Chi Minh City hit by graffiti vandalism

Monday, May 20, 2024, 08:00 GMT+7
Le Loi Blvd in downtown Ho Chi Minh City hit by graffiti vandalism
Dozens of houses, shops, and walls along Le Loi Boulevard in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City are smeared with graffiti, May 18, 2024. Photo: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

Dozens of houses, shops, and walls along Le Loi Boulevard in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City have been smeared with graffiti, causing great annoyance to the facility owners and defacing the appearance of this central thoroughfare.

The facades of more than 50 properties with roll-up doors along the boulevard were found to be covered in graffiti of various colors and shapes.

The largest piece of graffiti is probably over one meter in length.

Aside from roll-up doors, plenty of walls, electricity transformer boxes, and bus stations have become victims of graffiti vandals.

Lots of local residents and international visitors expressed their discontent each time they passed by the graffiti-covered properties.

Hong Thu, aged 43 and residing along Le Loi, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that her house’s overhead doors were smeared with spray paint and graffiti over a year ago.

Thu said that she could no longer remove all of the graffiti pieces as such acts of vandalism have been on the rise.

Hoang Bao, a 56-year-old resident in District 1, who often goes jogging along this street, also voiced his concern over the vandalism, saying that the incomprehensible graffiti look unattractive and sully the cityscape.

Many other public properties in the southern hub were targeted by graffiti vandals.

The city has been grappling with widespread graffiti in recent years, with many traffic infrastructure facilities, as well as the walls of schools, hospitals, and government agency headquarters, being defaced with spray paint.

Last year, railcars of the city’s under-construction metro line No. 1 were vandalized on April 30 at Long Binh Depot in Thu Duc City under the jurisdiction of Ho Chi Minh City.

Two railcars on this metro line had been defaced by graffiti in June 2022, but local authorities have not handled the vandal(s).

Below are photos of the graffiti vandalism hitting properties along Le Loi Boulevard in downtown Ho Chi Minh City:

A homeowner on Le Loi Street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 expressed her  displeasure at her house’s overhead door being vandalized with graffiti. Photo: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

A homeowner on Le Loi Boulevard in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City expresses her displeasure at her house’s overhead door being vandalized with graffiti. Photo: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

The biggest graffiti piece along the street is possibly more than one meter long. Photo: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

The biggest graffiti piece along Le Loi is possibly more than one meter long. Photo: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

 

 

 

Vandals sprayed graffiti on lots of overhead doors along Le Loi Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

Vandals sprayed graffiti on lots of overhead coiling doors along Le Loi Boulevard in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

A roll-up door of a hospital along Le Loi Street also fell victim to graffiti vandalism. Photo: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

A roll-up door of a hospital along Le Loi Boulevard also fell victim to graffiti vandalism. Photo: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

Graffiti of various colors and shapes are rampant along Le Loi Street. Photo: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

Graffiti of various colors and shapes are rampant along Le Loi Boulevard in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

Graffiti of various colors and shapes are rampant along Le Loi Boulevard in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

Graffiti of various colors and shapes are rampant along Le Loi Street. Photo: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

Graffiti of various colors and shapes are rampant along Le Loi Boulevard in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

Graffiti of various colors and shapes are rampant along Le Loi Street. Photo: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

Graffiti of various colors and shapes are rampant along Le Loi Boulevard in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

More than 50 houses with roll-up doors along Le Loi Street were covered with graffiti. Photo: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

More than 50 houses with roll-up doors along Le Loi are covered with graffiti. Photo: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

Vandals scrawled graffiti on the facades and spaces along the street. Photo: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

Vandals scrawled graffiti on the facades and spaces along Loi Boulevard in District 1, Ho Chi Minh CityPhoto: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

Aside from roll-up doors, plenty of walls, electricity transformer boxes, bus stations became victims of graffiti vandals. Photo: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

Aside from roll-up doors, plenty of walls, electricity transformer boxes, and bus stations have become victims of graffiti vandals. Photo: Tien Quoc / Tuoi Tre

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