September 23 Park
23-9 Park is one that most visitors of the city will walk through without knowing it’s quite a popular park. It offers a quiet and leafy path from the Ben Thanh Market to the backpacker district of Pham Ngu Lao/Bui Vien. It is named after the brutal rebellion against the reinstatement of French control in Ho Chi Minh City, just three weeks after Uncle Ho had declared independence on September 2nd, 1945.
23-9 Park is a rather small park, with more concrete than grass. But it is still a place of rest thanks to the plenty of shade provided by the dozens of palm and tamarind trees planted around, that also block out the heavy traffic noise. Various gazebos, a small amphitheater, a modest playground for kids and many benches are found throughout the park. It gets particularly active at night; parents bring their kids to run around and play, locals enjoy a coffee on a bench or a romantic stroll through the park, and vendors set up their stalls around the park’s edge. You will also find people playing badminton, jogging, doing kung fu, aerobics, yoga and even salsa classes from time to time. If you’re not shy, grab a partner and join in on the fun.
During Tet, this park becomes a yellow and orange flower garden, with pottery stalls here and there.
September 23 Park, Phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Hồ Chí Minh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam