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‘Book garden’ opened at zoo in downtown Ho Chi Minh City

‘Book garden’ opened at zoo in downtown Ho Chi Minh City

Sunday, May 28, 2023, 11:50 GMT+7
‘Book garden’ opened at zoo in downtown Ho Chi Minh City
The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City and Tre Publishing House jointly opened a ‘book garden’ at the zoo on May 27, 2023. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City and Tre Publishing House on Saturday morning jointly opened a ‘book garden’ at the zoo, offering an outdoor reading space to children at no charge.

The ‘book garden’ nestles amid ancient trees and is adjacent to a lotus lake housing a bird island, creating a relaxed and eco-friendly atmosphere for little readers.

The facility is equipped with 1,000 children books selected and donated by Tre Publishing House.

It also offers a number of books featuring stories about animals at the zoo. These books will enable children to better understand the origin and characteristics of the animals they see at the zoo.

Huynh Thu Thao, board chairwoman of the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens Limited Company, which operates the zoo, said at the opening ceremony of the ‘book garden’ that the information and technology explosion had its pros and cons.

The outdoor reading space at the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City creates a relaxed and eco-friendly atmosphere for little readers. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

The outdoor reading space at the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City creates a relaxed and eco-friendly atmosphere for little readers. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

One of the downsides is that it leads to a falling reading culture, she elaborated.

Reading is a way to relax, accumulate knowledge, and grow our mindset, but many people have gradually shown little interest in reading books, she continued.

Therefore, this reading space is expected to help people, especially kids get into the habit of reading, the board chairwoman added.

According to Phan Thi Thu Ha, director at Tre Publishing House, said it would be great to develop reading habits at a young age.

Good books and a comfortable reading space will encourage children to read more, Ha said.

Ha expressed her hope that the ‘book garden’ will provide a rest stop and reading space for children to gain more knowledge about nature.

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