Abandoned administrative buildings house animal farms in central Vietnam
Following the integration of two districts in the central province of Quang Ngai, many abandoned administrative buildings have become fruit gardens, livestock and poultry farms.
However, only a few of the buildings are usable, most of the others already dilapidated and abandoned. Among them, the premises of the red roofed building, which used to be the Tay Tra District Court, has become a garden to plant bananas and raise chickens. The building next to it, formerly the district's prosecutor's office, is being used to raise cows.">
Tay Tra was a mountainous district with over 20,000 inhabitants, most of them of Cor ethnicity. The district was merged into Tra Bong district in April 2020. When this happened, all Tay Tra administration properties were handed over to Tra Bong authorities. This included dozens of administrative buildings with a total area of 589,000 m2, worth around VND 516 billion ($22.2 million), as well as numerous cars, machinery and equipment worth of about 72 billion VND.
However, only a few of the buildings are usable, with most of the others already dilapidated and abandoned. Among them, the premises of the red-roofed building, which used to be the Tay Tra District Court, has become a garden for planting bananas and raising chickens. The building next door, a former district prosecutor’s office, is used for breeding cows.
Mats used to protect vegetables from direct sunlight hang on the fence of the old Tay Tra People’s Court building.
The pipes used to water the banana and papaya trees are in the front yard of the Old People’s Court.
The former court office rooms have become chicken coops to incubate eggs.
Over the past year, the former district attorney’s office has become a cow ranch. At the end of last month, the cows were moved outside the building at the request of the Tra Bong People’s Committee.
About 200m away is another abandoned building which used to be the Tay Tra Education Center.
Many classrooms in the building are damaged and covered in dust.
About 500m from the school, a former communal office is now unused as people have moved to buildings in Tay Tra district.
Locals often enter abandoned buildings in the same way for parties or for a place to spend the night.
People place mats and blankets in the corridors of the building to sleep.
“Apart from sleeping, some people also scavenge scrap metal from the building to sell and buy alcohol,” said resident Ho Thi Nga.
Weeds grow in an abandoned hallway.
Dang Minh Thao, secretary of the Tra Bong Party Committee, said: "As much as we tried , we could not use all the buildings," adding that the current uses of the buildings were just a way to prevent them from being damaged further.
Thao said it was difficult to auction these buildings as they are around 100 km away from Quang Ngai's center, and are hard to manage. Some buildings were converted into schools, but students could not travel long distances to get there.">
Garbage inside abandoned rooms.
Dang Minh Thao, secretary of the Tra Bong party committee, said: “Even if we tried, we couldn’t use all the buildings,” adding that the buildings’ current uses were just a way to prevent them from being further damaged.
Thao said it was difficult to auction these buildings because they are about 100 km from the center of Quang Ngai and difficult to manage. Some buildings were converted into schools, but students could not travel long distances to get there.