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anyone want to PHYSICALLY MOVE your HOUSE?

Postby dumbledore » Thu, 19 May 2005 7:12 pm

hehe, just happen to know some news from Vietnam: a gentlement who didn't even finish his primary school, with his team, can physically move some buildings like landed house to a new location.

not magician, of coz, i mean he use technical skill to cut, move... the house. In VN sometimes ppl built the house and want to /be forced to tear down the house and build another one in a new location. However it's a waste if the new location is quite near (10m), so they ask for this man, and yes, he can move it.

the greatest project he's just completed is the gate of a very famous pagoda in Vietnam: Vinh Nghiem pagoda in Ho Chi Minh city, since the gov want to expand the road's width, the gate must be moved in 4 meters, however the gate has historical meanings, so they don't want to tear it down, instead they ask for this man to move it. He's just completed it a few days ago, with the witness of hundreds of ppl,

if u can read VNmese, here're some links (interview him)

last time he also moved succesfully a house over a small pond to a new location :-s

price: quite cheap, for moving the above pagoda's gate he only charge around 12k sgd (building a new one is much costlier than that), actually building a new house in VIetnam is quite cheap, so the moving cost must be cheaper, so u can imagine how cheap it is

he also claimed that he can adjust the pisa's angle, hehe

English article:
Construction ‘genie’ moves pagoda
09:14' 16/05/2005 (GMT+7)
VietNamNet - The three-door pagoda gate weighing more than 100 tons moved slowly to the cheers of hundreds of people as Nguyen Cam Luy, dubbed the “Lamp Genie”, completed his 201st project.

The gate was shifted so gently that even the dove's net was not shaken.

The gate was shifted so gently that even the dove's net was not shaken.
Located on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Boulevard, the highway that connects Tan Son Nhat Airport with HCM centre, Vinh Nghiem pagoda is an important historic and cultural relic. The City’s plan to widen the road, however, required moving the 100-ton gate 4 meters back.

Local citizens came to witness the move at dawn May 13 and by midday there were as many as 500 spectators.

The Vinh Nghiem Pagoda.

Mr “Lamp Genie”, despite being well prepared, had butterflies in his stomach, he said, continuously wiping the sweat from his brow in the scorching midday sun.

“I am very aware that this is a crucial event for Vinh Nghiem Pagoda. But I’m confident with what I am doing”, he said to VietNamNet before the delicate procedure.

At 10.15am, when the preparations were finished, two workers put tension on the main pulleys and the three-door gate, 7m in height, 12m wide and 100 tons total weight began to move slowly.

By 12.00, the gate’s 4m journey was over. Relieved workers shook hands with one another and a group of students from the HCM City Architecture University were amazed at the skills of Nguyen Cam Luy, a farmer with no degrees whose education never reached past the 4th grade.

The Vinh Nghiem Pagoda.
Luy and his workers will soon take on another project to relocate Vo Tanh Mausoleum.

Shortly after the successful move, the ‘genie’ joined an online forum with VietNamNet’s readers.

Mr Nguyen Cam Luy (called the “Lamp Genie” by the folks), aged 55, was born into a farming family in Long Khanh A commune, Hong Ngu suburban district, Dong Thap Province. He stopped his formal schooling at grade 4. However, by the age of 21, he had become a skilled construction worker with daring construction ideas. The relocation of the three-door gate of Vinh Nghiem pagoda is his 201st such accomplishment.

Tran Duy – Phan Cong


Postby ChloeInSydney » Thu, 19 May 2005 7:41 pm

They do that all the time in Australia and I think in the US as well. Apparently it is cheaper but it is not the most popular way to move. Most ppl just leave a house and move into another house altogether.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 20 May 2005 1:01 am

Check out the move of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

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