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Exploring downtown HCMC on Bus Line 19

By Gia Nghi-Lac Ha

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HCMC – Passengers on Bus Line No.19 can explore several famous destinations in HCMC, including Bach Dang Wharf, HCMC’s book street, Saigon Central Post Office, Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden, and other attractions.

Bus Line No.19 is around 26 kilometers long, running from Ben Thanh Market in District 1 to the Vietnam National University HCMC urban area in Thu Duc City. Buses plying on this route operate from 5:00 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. every day.

Bach Dang Wharf

Located at 2 Ton Duc Thang Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Bach Dang Wharf is in a prime location in the heart of HCMC. Visitors to this area can indulge in a range of entertainment choices, including strolling through parks, exploring riverboat stations, traveling on water buses, and dining at cafes and restaurants aboard yachts.

Additionally, Bach Dang Wharf is also a stone’s throw away from other famous destinations such as Nha Rong Harbor, Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street, and Mong Bridge.

Bach Dang Wharf in District 1 – PHOTO: LAC HA

HCMC’s book street

HCMC’s book street, or Nguyen Van Binh Street, is a favorite destination for many locals and tourists. This is the first book area of its kind in Vietnam, with the participation of over 20 booths from various publishers around the country.

Besides offering a space for reading and purchasing books, the book street hosts a variety of entertainment activities such as author meet-ups and music performances on weekends.

Nguyen Van Binh Street is HCMC’s book street – PHOTO: GIA NGHI

Saigon Central Post Office

The Saigon Central Post Office, built by the French between 1886 and 1891, is one of the iconic architectural landmarks in HCMC.

The exterior walls of the building have been painted in light yellow. At the entrance’s center, a large clock with a classic design stands tall, with the years of construction and inauguration engraved below it.

The Saigon Central Post Office – PHOTO: LAC HA

Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden

The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden is a wildlife conservation park situated in District 1, HCMC. Opened to the public in 1869, it is one of the world’s oldest zoos.

The zoo is now home to over 1,300 animals, including many rare plant species. In addition to visiting the zoo, tourists can explore the History Museum of HCMC, the historical site of Nhan Huong, and the Fauna and Flora Museum located inside.

The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden – PHOTO: LAC HA

Suoi Tien Theme Park

With a total area of around 35 hectares, Suoi Tien Theme Park is considered the largest theme park in HCMC. With its diverse range of entertainment activities and distinctive architecture, the park is frequented by tourists from HCMC and other nearby provinces.


HCMC Student Cultural House

The HCMC Student Cultural House is designed in a hexagonal shape with six floors, surrounded by green pathways. Particularly, it does not include fences; instead, there are flower pots, grass patches, and numerous trees creating an environmentally-friendly atmosphere.

Visitors to this cultural house can spend leisure time in a theater, cinema, rehearsal rooms, library, exhibition areas, and rooftop café zones.


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