Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam

23/9 Park

Công Viên 23 Tháng 9 Phạm Ngũ Lão, D. 1 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
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23/9 Park is a popular park for relaxation and exercise like badminton, jogging, football and dancing. On occasions there are festivals and celebrations organized in the park as well. The Park stretches all the way from Ben Thanh Market to the backpacker area Pham Ngu Lao.

23/9 Park
23/9 Park
23/9 Park

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Reviewed on 2014-06-24 (Updated on 2020-10-25)

23/9 park is located on Phạm Ngũ Lão near Bùi Viện & the main back packer area of Saigon. It extends for 3 blocks & is a popular place for sitting, playing badminton, people watching or taking the kids for a stroll. There is a playground for children here & the well aged, tall trees provide a shady haven away from the heat & turmoil of Saigon.

This park also tends to be the venue for various festivals & exhibitions such as a Vietnam tourist exhibition held in March. There is a lily pond & a small ‘stadium’ where live performances sometimes take place. In the evenings, the ‘shelters’ in the park transform into dance schools & people dance to the tunes from old school style beat boxes. It is certainly a place which displays the social life of locals in Saigon. I have also seen martial arts lessons taking place in the evening around 7pm.

During the day it is relatively quiet with a few hawkers & people lounging on the benches. It is quite common to be approached by students who want to practice their English with a native speaker. At times, this is almost complimentary but the repeated approaches can become rather tiresome. Like it or not, it is a good way to pass time in a lovely setting.

This park is well worth visiting, its close proximity to Bùi Viện make it very easy to reach plus it is a very relaxing place. I would advise people to be vigilant in the evenings as this park can also be host to some very unsavoury characters, stay alert!