IELTS Speaking Part 2/3 – Topic : Public Building

IELTS Speaking Part 2/3 - Topic : Public Building

Describe a new public building in your place

You should say:

  • where the place is
  • how you get there
  • what it looks like
  • explain why you like this place and often go there.


I’m going to tell you about a new skyscraper located at the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, which is called Landmark 81, and it’s currently the highest building in Southeast Asia, with 81 floors. I got to know this building when I moved to Ho Chi Minh City for my university life.

(How you get there): 

It is very easy to get to the building since public transport is always available. I usually take the bus, which drops me off directly at the building.

(What it looks like) 

The bottom half of the tower is filled with shopping malls and advanced types of entertainment. The top half has offices for lease. They are highly-priced due to the location and views, which makes them very desirable. It is one of the highest skyscrapers in the city, but it also possesses an eye-catching architectural design, which is likely to absorb anyone’s attention. The original design of this tower is inspired by bamboo trees, which symbolizes the Vietnamese people’s solidarity and strength.

(explain why you like this place and often go there) 

I have fallen for the design of this tower since it stands out. Recently, it has become a famous landmark in the city. Moreover, meeting friends is just a piece of cake thanks to its exotic appearance. There are lively bars, restaurants on the 77th floor, which will give you a magnificent view. As there are no walls, you can enjoy the city in any direction. I would highly recommend anyone who visits this tower to go there and give it a try.

Vocabulary :

Public transport:

Meaning: public vehicles such as buses and trains that operate at regular times on fixed routes

Example: Greater investment in public transport would keep more cars off the roads.

Shopping malls:

Meaning: large indoor shopping centres

Example: A shopping mall is no longer just a place to go to buy something, it’s a community and entertainment center.

Lively bars, restaurants:

Meaning: Bars or restaurants with a good atmosphere

Example: Bui Vien Street has many lively bars, restaurants.


Meaning: a very tall modern building, usually in a city

Example: Building a skyscraper can take years to complete.


Meaning: expensive

Example: Apartments in District 2 are really high-priced, which is why there are many wealthy people living there.


Meaning: Very attractive or noticeable

Example: The design of this dress is very eye-catching.


Meaning: a building or place that is easily recognized, especially one that you can use to judge where you are

Example: The Statue of Liberty in New York is a famous landmark.


Meaning: very good, beautiful, or deserving to be admired

Example: The view from the top of the building is magnificent.

Part 3 questions:

  1. Which is more important: preserving old buildings or building new ones?

Both are equally important. We have to continuously renew our construction methodologies and ensure that we are on par with other developed nations. Old buildings must be preserved as well.  But there must be a valid reason for preserving them. Also, there should be sufficient funds to maintain the building.

  1. What kinds of public buildings do people like to visit in your country?

It varies from person to person. Children like to visit buildings like the planetarium and libraries while adults want to visit places of entertainment like cinema halls and shopping malls. Shopping malls are becoming increasingly popular because of the number of services they offer under one roof.

  1. What is most important for a public building: design, location, or facilities?

If I were to rank them, location comes first. Facilities and design follow it. People choose to visit malls that are in a prime location. Only then do people look for the facilities offered. The design does matter, but it is not a critical factor. A building with a poor design but located in a good location will undoubtedly thrive.

  1. Do you think the appearance of a building is important?

Appearances don’t matter at all. People look for the services that a building will offer despite it having a poor appearance. For example, some banks have a pathetic building, but they are crowded at peak banking hours because of their services.

  1. What buildings do young people and old people like in your country?

Young people are attracted to malls and cinema theatres. They generally choose places which entertain them well. Older people tend to go to places of religious importance like temples.

  1. What measures should be taken to deal with damage on public buildings?

People should be conscious when it comes to using public buildings. For example, when they visit a public building like a palace, they should be careful not to scribble on the walls. Also, the government should allocate funds for the maintenance of these buildings.

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