Oi Vietnam

850 METER

PEDESTRIAN-ONLY

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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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