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​Former vice park becomes family-friendly square in Ho Chi Minh City

Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 19:04 GMT+7

Van Lang Park in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 5, once an area frequented by drug addicts and sex workers, has been transformed into a modern square with weekly water and light shows for visitors.

The 10,000-square-meter area of park has been paved with granite and decorated with multicolored lighting.

At the center of the communal park lies a fountain where water and light shows are on put on every weekend.

Free Wi-Fi and drinkable water faucets are available throughout the park, while lines of tall trees provide shade along its walkways. In addition, an underground exhibition center has been established for future cultural events.

Opposite the park is the near 100-year-old Church of St. Jeanne d’Arc, which was built to serve local Catholics during the 1920s in the heart of Saigon’s Cho Lon area.

A group of youths rehearse for a performance at the Van Lang Park in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, December 19, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A group of youths rehearse for a performance at the Van Lang Park in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, December 19, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Budget for the upgrade was provided by the private sector, according to District 5 deputy chairman Le Quoc Tuan.

“We want to create a communal space where citizens can exercise for better health and where cultural, artistic and socio-political activities can be held,” Tuan said.

According to the district official, water and light shows will be performed on weekends, public holidays and other special occasions throughout the year.

Locals play jianzi at the Van Lang Park in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, December 19, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Locals play jianzi at the Van Lang Park in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, December 19, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A woman and her child take a stroll at the Van Lang Park in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, December 19, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A woman and her child take a stroll at the Van Lang Park in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, December 19, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A monument is being finished at the Van Lang Park in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, December 19, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A monument is being finished at the Van Lang Park in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, December 19, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A group of youths rehearse for a performance at the Van Lang Park in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, December 19, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A group of youths rehearse for a performance at the Van Lang Park in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, December 19, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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