Hundreds of citizens and tourists crowded Saigon River Park in the Thu Thiem New Urban Area for entertainment and enjoyment on Saturday afternoon, right before New Year, as the park has emerged as a new engrossing destination in Ho Chi Minh City.
The park was put into operation on Saturday last week to house revelers on Christmas and New Year holidays.
|A field of blooming sunflowers at Saigon River Park in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City becomes attractive to residents and tourists. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre
Featuring a picturesque field of blooming sunflowers, the park, located specifically in Thu Duc City, is festooned with various miniatures, making it more appealing to visitors.
According to a Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporter’s observation, large groups of residents and travelers gathered at the park on Saturday afternoon and night to partake in the festive atmosphere and appreciate the city's beauty at the new venue.
|Visitors take photos at Saigon River Park in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, December 30, 2023. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre
Bao Tran, 20, and her friends traveled to the park from neighboring Dong Nai Province for over one hour.
"Over the past week, I've come across numerous review clips about the brand new park, so I convinced my friends to check it out," Tran shared.
"While strolling through the park, I quickly understood its allure.
"The expansive space, fresh air, and various miniatures designed for photo opportunities and selfies truly surprised me."
|Bao Tran (in white) and her friends travel to Saigon River Park in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City from neighboring Dong Nai Province. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre
“The park not only acts as a relaxing place for city residents, but it is also a landmark that entices visitors to the southern metropolis,” said Hoang Van Nam, a 60-year-old resident of Ho Chi Minh City.
|Saigon River Park in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City features a field of blooming sunflowers and various miniatures. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre
|Mai Lan and her daughter take a photo with sunflowers at Saigon River Park in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre
A slew of art performances and exciting programs will be held at the park to mark the new year.
Saigon River Park covers an area of some 20 hectares, stretching from the Thu Thiem 2 Bridge to the Saigon River Tunnel.
The park, built at a cost of nearly VND90 billion (US$3.7 million), features a sunflower field, a community residential zone, a versatile community square, parking facilities, restrooms, a stone park, an ecological park, a floating raft system for aquatic plants, a fountain, a designated area for fireworks, and the installation of LED systems for advertising.
|A girl poses for a photo at Saigon River Park in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre
|Residents flock to the Saigon River bank in Ho Chi Minh City for entertainment on December 30, 2023. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre