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First pedestrian mall for HCMC

Released at: 08:12, 29/04/2015

First pedestrian mall for HCMC

Nguyen Hue to be closed to traffic on weekend nights and then seven nights a week.

by Son Ho

Nguyen Hue Street in the center of Ho Chi Minh City will be turned into a pedestrian mall on April 30, the 40th anniversary of Vietnam’s reunification.

It will then become a pedestrian mall every Saturday and Sunday night from 6pm to 11pm initially, then after people become familiar with it being closed to traffic will be vehicle-free every night of the week.

The street has seen major upgrades in preparation, including to its road surface and sidewalk, with a water fountain, an underground control center for its lighting, the fountain, the public address system, and security cameras, and public restrooms being installed, at a cost of $19.82 million.

Barriers will prevent vehicles from entering during the evenings.

The lighting system and the fountain have now been completed for the opening, both of which are operated from underground. The public address system has also been finished, which will inform people of useful information.

Barringtonia acutangula trees have been planted, whose size and shade will add greatly to the street’s appearance in a decade or so.

Visitors can already enjoy its many coffee shops restaurants, both on the sidewalk and in buildings lining the street.

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