The Factory

Ho Chi Minh City

HCMC's best contemporary art space is in District 2 on the east side of the Saigon River. Interesting exhibitions and showcases of local artists are partnered with talks and there's a lively program of events. In the compound is a Thai restaurant operating from a shipping container enlivened with colourful street art. Check the website for upcoming exhibitions. You can reach District 2 by the new waterbus service from the city centre.

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