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Dazzling sunflower garden draws photo seekers on Saigon outskirts

Thursday, September 17, 2020, 11:05 GMT+7
Dazzling sunflower garden draws photo seekers on Saigon outskirts
Two friends take a 'wefie' at a sunflower garden in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A magnificent sunflower garden located on Tam Da Street in District 9 of Ho Chi Minh City has come into full bloom, attracting droves of city dwellers who seek a place for stunning photos and a weekend relief not far from home.

The garden is only around 20 kilometers east of the city center, spanning about four hectares in area and loaded with different species of flowers.

The young are keen on coming here not only to delight in the peaceful atmosphere but also to take photos for social media.

The garden is open to visitors from morning until dusk for an admission fee of VND40,000 (US$1.72) per person.

Visitors can rent Vietnam's traditional ‘ao dai’ long gown, ‘ao ba ba’ silk pajamas, and camisoles for their photo shoot.

A man takes photos at a sunflower garden located in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A man takes photos at a sunflower garden in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

The owner of the garden, 65-year-old Ly Van Sang, said he created the garden for city dwellers to unwind and take photos on the weekend, putting his passion for planting flowers to good use.

However, this year’s COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a considerable drop in the number of sightseers visiting Quang’s garden compared to previous years.

“The [sunflowers] are only in full bloom for about 14 days, so I plant a diverse variety of flowers — lotus, cosmos and cock’s comb — to meet visitors’ demands [whenever] they arrive,” Sang said.

Vu Thi Yen, 19, from District 9 told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper she was invited to the garden for a weekend photo shoot with her friend.

“The tranquil scene here helps to lift my spirit and make me feel highly energized to start a new week,” Yen said.

Visitors take photos at a sunflower garden located in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Visitors take photos at a sunflower garden in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Three friends take a 'wefie' at a sunflower garden located in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Three friends take a 'wefie' at a sunflower garden in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Sunflowers are in full bloom at a garden located in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Sunflowers are in full bloom at a garden in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A woman in 'ao dai' pose among sunflowers as her friend takes photos of her at a sunflower garden located in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A woman in 'ao dai' (left) poses among sunflowers as her friend takes photos of her at a sunflower garden in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A woman pose among lotus flowers as her friend takes photos of her at a garden located in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A woman poses among lotus flowers as her friend takes photos of her at a garden in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A woman and a child sit in a canoe on a lotus pond at a garden located in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A woman and a child sit in a sampan on a lotus pond at a garden in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A sign warning visitors that those found picking flowers must pay VND50,000 per flower picked is seen at a garden located in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A sign warning visitors that those found picking flowers must pay VND50,000 per flower picked is seen at a garden in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Ly Van Sang, 65, waters flowers at his garden in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Ly Van Sang, 65, waters flowers at his garden in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Visitors take photos at a garden located in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Visitors take photos at a garden in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

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