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Ho Chi Minh City begins rebuilding park in front of downtown theater

Saturday, June 06, 2020, 16:20 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City begins rebuilding park in front of downtown theater
Ho Chi Minh City’s top officials cut the ribbon on a project to rebuild a park in front of the Municipal Theater in District 1, June 5, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City’s authorities on Friday officially broke ground on a project to rebuild an old park in front of the Municipal Theater previously cleared for metro construction.

The municipal Department of Planning and Architecture will be collaborating with the city’s Department of Construction on the project, which aims to rebuild Lam Son Park, located opposite the Municipal Theater, also informally known as the Saigon Opera House.

Top city officials took part in the launch ceremony including municipal Party chief Nguyen Thien Nhan and chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong.

A video shows Ho Chi Minh City’s top officials cut the ribbon on a project to rebuild a park in front of the Municipal Theater in District 1, June 5, 2020. Video: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The park building project is essential to creating more green spaces, connecting communal areas and helping the city’s downtown become an inviting destination, said Construction Department director Le Hoa Binh.

“We envision that the new park will have open spaces that can be used for many various functions, meet the local residents’ and visitors’ demand for promenade, as well as hold cultural events. This will be a connection point between the cultural, political, and commercial spaces of the city,” Binh added.

The municipal Department of Planning and Architecture announced they had picked a special design for the 1,300-square-meter park.

A perspective drawing of the new Lam Son Park supplied by the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Planning and Architecture.
A perspective drawing of the new Lam Son Park supplied by the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Planning and Architecture.

The area in front of the Municipal Theater and a part of an alley leading to nearby Nguyen Hue Walking Street will be populated primarily by trees, according to the selected design.

Green spaces will be divided into three layers with a view to keeping as many existing trees as possible while other varieties of trees will be added to make for a vibrant and inviting atmosphere.

Lam Son Park was previously cleared for the construction of an underground terminal of Ho Chi Minh City’s first metro line, with the area in front of the Municipal Theater fenced off for six years.

As the construction is almost complete and the fences were removed in April, the area of the old park has been handed back to the municipal Department of Transportation.

A temporary park is established in front of the Municipal Theater in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City after fences were removed from the area in April 2020 following a six-year construction of an underground terminal of the city’s first metro line. Photo taken on June 5, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre
A temporary park is established in front of the Municipal Theater in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City after fences were removed from the area in April 2020 following a six-year construction of an underground terminal of the city’s first metro line. Photo taken on June 5, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

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