Ho Chi Minh’s Parks

Ho Chi Minh City is a dynamic and developed city.  There are many parks which bring tourists to the purity and have relaxing time after hustle and bustle of the life.

Dam Sen Water Park


Dam Sen Cultrural Park is located in 11 District, Ho Chi Minh City.

It is one of the biggest and modest parks in Vietnam. Its architecture is combined between Western – Eastern culture.
Dam Sen gathered the western flower gardens: Nam Tu royal garden, valuable bonsai ornamental trees and many kinds of orchid in the world.  One of the outstanding sites of the park is unusual “Roman” square, featuring European, classical Roman style stone pillars.

The park is also one of the entertainment areas for children. Coming there, they can play many kinds of games namely electronic games, Monorail, water puppets, roller Coaster and so on. Annually, the modest games are invented by the park.  There are many musical water shows with 3,000 seats attracting a lot of people.

The restaurants in the Dam Sen Park serve you with wide variety of delicious dishes. The Thuy Ta floating restaurant attracts huge tourists.

Besides, many festivals as Hung Vuong King festival, tourism festivals, flower spring festivals are took placed in the Dam Sen Park.
Dam Sen Park is the best choice for those who want to enjoy the fresh air of nature.

Zoo and Botanical Garden Ho Chi Minh City


It is located on 2B, Nguyen Binh Khiem, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. The zoo was built from 1864 and was completed in 1865. It was under the supervision of celebrated tropical botanist J.B. Louis Pierre. The park’s North is near the Nguyen Thi Minh Khai street, the East of the park closes to the Thi Nghe. Its main gate faces Le Duan boulevard.

J.B Louis Pierre, a famous French botanist, born in 1833, and died in 1905 is the first director of the Park. In the park you also see J.B. Louis Pierre’s bust.

At the first time, the “ Thao Cam Vien” was belonged  to the French Institution. In 1924, it was extended 13ha more to the Thi Nghe channel. The bridge was built in the river to connect two areas in 1927.  In 1942, this area was occupied by the Japan troop.

Currently, the Botanical Garden includes 590 animals of 125 species, 1800 trees of 260 species, 23 kinds of internal orchid, 32 species of cactus, and 34 kinds of bonsai. These caves with the 21.352 m2 are improved to adapt to the demands of the animals. There are some valuable species animals as Hippopotamus amphibious, Chorepsis liberiensis, Panthera onca, Struthio camelus, Phoenicopterus ruper ruper.

Going to the Botanical Garden, you will see the copper elephant statue, the present of Thai Lan King, Paramindr Mah Prajahhipok when he visited Saigon. It was laid in 1930.

Since 1990, the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden is a full- fledged member of the Association of Southeast Asian Zoos.

To visit the park, tourists can go into by two gates. The main entrance is suited on the Nguyen Binh Khiem road, and the other gate is located on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai road near the bridge over the Thi Nghe Channel.

September 23 Park   (in Vietnamese Công Viên 23 Tháng 9)


September 23 Park is a park located in downtown Ho Chi Minh, along Pham Ngu Lao street, District 1. The park stretches from the Quach Thi Trang Square to the big Ben Thanh market, Nguyen Thai Binh, Nguyen Trai.

It is now the most common relaxing center in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.


History
The Park was formerly Saigon railway station, built in the 19th century. After 1975, the railway station was destroyed and moved to its current location in District 3. Part of the station was turned into a park. The rest of the population, combined with the De Tham Pham Ngu Lao-become familiar with the area tourist travel due to the many inns and mini cheap hotels, together with other tourism services.
In 1998, this residential area was leveled, prepared for a building project in Taiwan called Saigon Cultural Center (Cultural Center Saigon). However, after the Asian economic crisis, this project was abandoned until today. Currently, the building can still be seen, local residents called it a “black hole of Saigon.”
The other part of the fence was closed, so it became the focus of social evils like drug abuse, drugs, prostitution, etc.
In 2002, the boundary of the park began to be dismantled in the renovation project into precious green parks where of the city. The remained fence of the project was also dismantled to and under demolition, renovation, into open space, and integrated the park on September 23. In 2005, the bus parking near the park was moved away.
In 2006, a project to build high-rise office tower 54 floors at the park near Nguyen Thai Binh Market. But the city government did not grant permission because of concerns affecting the urban landscape. However, until now there are still no trees in the area projected on the construction of buildings, and nearby there is a 15 storey high building pipe looks quite inconsistent with the surrounding landscape.
Currently, the park became an important recreation of the city. Here hold a very interesting event annually: annual Spring Flowers Festival.

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