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Authorities unveil detailed planning to transform Da Lat’s center

Saturday, March 16, 2019, 13:37 GMT+7
Authorities unveil detailed planning to transform Da Lat’s center
The Hoa Binh Theater is seen in the center of Da Lat City, the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

Authorities in Vietname’s Central Highlands province of Lam Dong on Friday announced a plan to give the downtown area of the provincial capital of Da Lat, a famous tourist destination, a complete facelift.

The revamp plan for the center of Da Lat is included in a master planning for Da Lat and its vicinity by 2030, with a vision towards 2050, and was approved by the then-prime minister in 2014.

According to the plan, the Da Lat’s downtown area, covering some 30 hectares, will include five main sections, including the Hoa Binh Theater, Da Lat Market, Xuan Huong Lake, Dinh Hill and an area for urban embellishment.

The Hoa Binh Theater section, covering a 3.37-hectare area, will become a complex center with modern architecture for service and entertainment purposes. In the meantime, the Da Lat Market, covering a 6.95-hectare area, will combine a traditional market, a flower square, and pedestrian streets connected with the complex center in the Hoa Binh Theater section.

The Xuan Huong Lake section, with an area of 6.06 hectares, will provide a series of hotel, travel and accommodation services and public constructions.

The Dinh Hill is seen from above in the center of Da Lat City, the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre
The Dinh Hill is seen from above in the center of Da Lat City, the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

The 4.43-hectare Dinh Hill will serve as an area for premium commercial and service activities, with a ten-story building being the highlight of this section, while the urban embellishment area will cover 9.19 hectares.

In order to complete the constructions mapped out in the plan, the Hoa Binh Theater, located in the heart of the city where local people have long had many memories while visitors frequent the most, will have to be demolished.

The Provincial Governor’s Palace on the Dinh Hill will be relocated to a new location within the compound.

The Da Lat Market’s architecture will be kept, according to Le Quang Trung, director of the Lam Dong construction department.

A facelift is considered necessary to Da Lat’s downtown area as the city now receives an increasing number of visitors, who come to admire its renowned scenery. The idea to transfer the area was open for public consultation in 2017.

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