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prom­e­nade opened in the back­packer area of District 1 last month. Dur­ing the grand opening of the lat­est prom­e­nade in the south­ern metropo­lis, vis­i­tors strolled along the 850-me­ter street, from the Bui Vien in­ter­sec­tion with Tran Hung Dao-Nguyen Thai Hoc Streets to Cong Quynh Street, with restau­rants, bars and street food stalls fill­ing the side­walks. “As a walk­ing street, Bui Vien will be more civil and safer than be­fore,” Tran Vinh Tuyen, deputy chair­man of the Ho Chi Minh City ad­min­is­tra­tion, said dur­ing the opening cer­e­mony. “We are cer­tain that se­cu­rity and the busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment will be much bet­ter than be­fore.”

Since July 15, the District 1 ad­min­is­tra­tion has pi­loted a ve­hi­cle ban from 7pm to 2am on week­ends, while ren­o­va­tion of the side­walks along the road had also been car­ried out. Bui Vien is the sec­ond prom­e­nade to open in Ho Chi Minh City, fol­low­ing Nguyen Hue Walk­ing Street fronting the mu­nic­i­pal ed­i­fice. Es­tab­lish­ing it as a walk­ing street would help pre­serve Bui

Vien’s unique­ness and bet­ter man­age lo­cal busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to Pham Ngu Lao Ward chair­man Le Tan Dat.

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