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).


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.


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


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.”


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


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