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HCM City makes plans to preserve Cho Lon

posted Jun 6, 2012, 7:32 PM by Dong Travel   [ updated Aug 22, 2013, 3:11 AM by Wisata DongTravel ]
Authorities in HCM City are considering a project to preserve Cho Lon, known as China town, in order to build it up as a tourist attraction.

The municipal Department of Planning and Architecture made a report on the project to the municipal government on June 4.
Cho Lon covers an area of 68 hectares, including several wards in Districts 5 and 6.

The area boasts various cultural sites such as temples, Chinese pagodas, Binh Tay Market and churches, in addition to folk and traditional festivals such as the Mid-autumn and Tet holidays.

The plan would begin with preservation pilot projects in three areas that occupy a total of around 14 hectares. These areas are home to the majority of cultural sites. The first area includes Thap Muoi, Le Tan Ke, Bai Say, and Tran Binh streets, along with Hang Bang canal. The second area includes Phu Dong Thien Vuong, Nguyen Trai, Luong Nhu Hoc, and Tran Hung Dao streets. The third area comprises Hai Thuong Lan Ong, and Van Kiep streets as well as Vo Van Kiet Revenue.

Experts who took part in the project's study said that, if approved, the project would not only help preserve the cultural heritage and identity of the area but also foster tourism development and increase incomes in and around the areas.

They added that preservation is of great importance, as development in the area has been gradually infringing on Cho Lon.

In addition to preserving existing infrastructure and limiting the height of new buildings in protected areas, the plan also calls for the upgrading of the square in front of Binh Tay Market, pedestrianising roads and cracking down on illegal parking. The plan also recommends upgrading Hang Bang Canal.

Currently, authorities in District 6 have made plans to relocate and compensate 940 households living along the Hang Bang Canal, along with the owners of 58 stores to the south of Binh Tay Market.

The project’s consultant proposed that the Binh Tay Market also be upgraded to create a large public space that would  be greenery, water transport and restaurant and shopping areas.

Source: DTIN