The Walking Street

The “walking street” is a promenade right in the middle of District 1, the prime commercial center of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

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It starts at the City Hall, a reminder of Vietnam’s past as a French colony. In front of the City Hall is the statue of Ho Chi Minh, who led the country to independence.

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It traverses Nguyen Hue Boulevard and at dusk is quite popular with locals from all walks of life, young and old alike.

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It goes all the way to the Saigon River at the other end. As one walks the street, one can’t help but notice the city transforming into a modern one. I’ve seen this street change over the years, from when it was a street lined with small camera and souvenir shops. Maybe in a few years this will become a “high street.”

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The “walking street” is like a historical timeline. It shows Vietnam’s past, present, and future.

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