Multiple transformation turn a canal to the first walking street in Sai Gon, but only a few Saigoneses are aware of this story of Nguyen Hue street.
The legendary name of Nguyen Hue street
The street was named after the real name of the most legendary emperor of Vietnam history – Nguyen Hue. He led the military smashed the brilliant battle over the powerful Qing dynasty of China. People worship him by his proclaimed name – the king Quang Trung.
From a canal…
Nguyen Hue street was a canal, a grand one. Emperor Nguyen Anh managed to construct the canal in 1790. The canal became a busy fabric trading area very soon.
At first, people named it “kinh lớn” (big canal), later when French colonized Saigon, the French renamed it to Grand Canal. Merchants did buy and sell their goods and market to the old Ben Thanh market (located in the intersection of Ngo Duc Ke and Nguyen Hue street.)
…to the first pedestrian-only street in Saigon
1887, the French filled the canal and merged two sides, creating the “Charner Boulevard”.
1956, through a numerous of historical events, Saigonese renamed it to Nguyen Hue street.
It has became the flower street every Tết holiday – lunar new year since 1960. People gather not only for buying flower decorate their home, but also taking leisurely stroll on this lovely street.
In April 2015, the construction of the first pedestrian-only street in Saigon is announced. The either side of the boulevard reserved for vehicles, while the central area for the pedestrian. It is 670 meters at length. The street featured 2 fountain-light areas, 2 underground toilet areas, and lots of benches.
Hundreds of visitors come to Nguyen Hue for various purposes. Someone taking photos, taking a stroll, visiting the 42 Nguyen Hue coffee and boutique apartment, while others prefer playing music, dancing, or exhibiting their products. I recommend you the best time to enjoy the atmosphere in Nguyen Hue street must be at night.
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