A drunken man climbed to the top of the statue of Vietnamese famous General Trần Nguyên Hãn opposite Bến Thành market based in Hồ Chí Minh City on Oct. 06, attracting large crowds of curiosity seekers.
Eyewitnesses said the man walked towards Quách Thị Trang roundabout in District 1 where the bronze statue is situated and climbed stairs to reach the top when he waved his hands to greet people around.
About 15 minutes later, the 43-year-old Phạm Văn Bình, a native in district 4, continued to shock onlookers underneath by sitting and laying on the pigeon on the general’s hand.
Local police and firefighters brought air-mattress and staircase to the scene and ordered Bình to get out of the statue.
Afterwards, Bình, who has been taken to Bến Thành police station for questioning, jumped from 20 meter high into the air-mattress safely.
The statue, that shows a warrior riding on his horse and releasing a pigeon, is a monument in Quách Thị Trang Square in the city’s center built to commemorate General Trần Nguyên Hãn, a famed general in the Lam Sơn uprising, 1418-1428, one of the greatest historical events in Vietnamese history.