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Nipa palm leaf-shaped pedestrian bridge to be built across Saigon River

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – A planned pedestrian bridge connecting District 1 and the Thu Thiem new urban area across the Saigon River will feature the distinctive shape of a nipa palm leaf, an iconic symbol of southern Vietnam.

The HCMC People’s Committee has granted approval for the architectural design of a pedestrian bridge spanning the Saigon River. The selected design is a joint effort between Chodai Takashi Niwa Architects and Chodai Kisojiban Vietnam.

This pedestrian bridge will be painted white, accentuating its unique design and ensuring it stands out beautifully under the sunlight. The white color will serve as a backdrop for artistic lighting effects during the nighttime.

According to city authorities, this design will provide favorable conditions for waterway traffic while offering pedestrians on the bridge panoramic views of the surroundings. The distinctive architecture is expected to attract local residents and tourists visiting HCMC.

The pedestrian bridge is situated between the Ba Son Bridge and the Saigon River Tunnel. One end of the bridge is located at Bach Dang Wharf Park in District 1, adjacent to Nguyen Hue pedestrian street. The other end leads to the central square of the Thu Thiem new urban area to the south.

To ensure easy access for residents to the pedestrian areas, the city plans to construct an overpass across Ton Duc Thang Street, connecting Nguyen Hue pedestrian street and Bach Dang Wharf Park. Additionally, wallet parking facilities will be established at the Bach Dang express boat landing and in the Thu Thiem new urban area.

The pedestrian bridge is expected to host special events such as music festivals, public art performances, and yoga sessions during the day, while nighttime activities will include outdoor cinema screenings, light displays, and water fountain shows.

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