The 5th PropertyGuru Vietnam Property Awards, presented by Kohler and local partner Oriental Media Vietnam, celebrated the achievements and innovations of the country’s thriving real estate sector on August 23 in Ho Chi Minh City.

The Kien A Corporation, led by last year’s founding Chairman Dr. Huynh Ba Lan, bagged the top award for Best Developer as well as the new Best Mixed Use Developer award. Its founding chairman also won the Vietnam Real Estate Personality of the Year title in the 2018 awards.

“Showcasing outstanding design vision, intricate development concepts, and an applaud-worthy commitment to creating communities that inspire and thrive, the Kien A Corporation is taking big, bold, and brilliant steps forward with world-class developments in Vietnam such as Lavila Nam Sai Gon Township and is a noteworthy award winner,” said the independent panel of judges.

The Best Boutique Developer gong went to the SonKim Land Corporation, a staple at the annual black-tie gala dinner. The program also presented five new developer awards, for Best Sustainable Developer (Gamuda Land HCMC), Best Hospitality Developer (CapitaLand Vietnam), Best Breakthrough Developer (Alpha King), Best Industrial Developer (VSIP JSC), and Best Lifestyle Developer (MIKGroup), in recognition of the industry’s niche segments.

A total of 52 categories and special awards, including Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainable Development, were presented to more than 20 developers from Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Cam Ranh, and other leading investment locations. New awardees this year included Gotec Land, GFS Group, Phuc Khang Corporation, HDMon Holdings, Him Lam Land, Xuan Mai Sai Gon, and Maxland.

The only award not selected by the judges was the 2019 Vietnam Real Estate Personality of the Year, which was conferred to Gamuda Land Vietnam’s Chairman Cheong Ho Kuan, to honor his exemplary leadership and benchmark-setting vision for the award-winning, master-planned township projects Gamuda City in Hanoi and Celadon City in Ho Chi Minh City.

“I stand here tonight representing the Gamuda Vietnam team in accepting this prestigious award, as a culmination of the collective efforts of the team, without which I would not be standing on this stage,” Mr. Cheong Ho Kuan said upon receiving his golden trophy from Mr. Jeremy Williams, PropertyGuru Group’s Chief Business Officer and Interim CEO of Batdongsan.com.vn.

“I applaud all the Winners and Highly Commended awardees at this year’s award for yet again raising the bar of excellence in the country’s real estate and sustainable development sectors,” said Mr. Hari V. Krishnan, CEO of the PropertyGuru Group. “The 52 awards this year truly define industry breakthroughs and showcase innovations in all segments of an evolving property market.”

This edition of the PropertyGuru Vietnam Property Awards follows the hugely successful 2018 edition, which presented 43 awards to more than 25 companies and public-private entities. The awards gala night was the culmination of several months of rigorous nominations, judging, and site inspection stages conducted by an independent panel of experts.