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HCMC to open more pedestrian quarters in backpacker area

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HCMC to open more pedestrian quarters in backpacker area

Staff Writers

A night view of Bui Vien pedestrian street in the backpacker’s area in District 1 - PHOTO: THANH HOA

The city government is rolling up its sleeves to put into operation two new pedestrian-only streets during the forthcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday, which falls in mid-February, to meet the demands for weekend entertainment among city dwellers and foreign tourists.

At a meeting on the city’s urban order management on Monday, the municipal authorities asked the tourism department to seek public opinions on turning De Tham and Do Quang Dau into pedestrian-only quarters which are scheduled to put into service by Lunar New Year holiday, Vietnam’s biggest national holiday, Tuoi Tre newspaper reports.

Earlier, the city spent nearly VND13 billion (US$570,000) to turn Bui Vien into the city’s second pedestrian street, including two welcome gates, stages for music performances, security guards, free wifi and public toilets.
Since Bui Vien Street in the backpacker’s area was made pedestrian-only, it has become a busy promenade for local dwellers and visitors to HCMC, especially on weekends.

Bui Vien is closed to traffic from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday night, creating an open space for pedestrians and foreign tourists to enjoy dining and entertainment services and experience the bustling sight of city nightlife at the heart of the city.

According to a report of District 1, everyday more than 500 tourists visit the backpacker’s quarter surrounded by Pham Ngu Lao, Bui Vien and De Tham streets. The figure could amount to 2,000 on peak days. 

Previously, Nguyen Hue Boulevard became the city’s first pedestrian-only street in 2015, making it a top place of choice for major public events in the city and wooing huge numbers of local and international tourists thanks to a variety of weekend entertainment activities. 

Data of the HCMC government shows that the city attracted 4.2 million foreign tourists in the first nine months of 2017, surging 16% against the year-earlier period. Tourism revenue has hit over VND84.5 trillion (about US$3.72 billion), a year-on-year pickup of 10%. The city looks to welcome six million international visitors in all of 2017.

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