Construction Update December 08, 2011
The suburbs of Ho Chi Minh City emanate similar feelings and impressions as the Disney-infested eastern suburbs of Shanghai. Cheap dwellings, dirt roads, street shops and motor bikes meet billion dollar theme park construction site.
Happyland is reportedly costing a staggering 2 billion USD - an unprecedented investment in a theme park located in a country with such low per capita income. The artwork leans heavily on Disney inspirations and looks a bit simple and uninspired, yet it is too early to judge Happyland's ultimate quality. Nor would I want to judge the future of Vietnam and its citizen's average income in 2014, when the theme park opens. Asia is on the move, and so is Vietnam.