The Tet atmosphere appeared in many places in the city when a large number of people went to famous places in the central area of District 1 to take photos with ao dai and have fun.
Although there is nearly a month left until Tet Giap Thin, parks, monuments, and famous landmarks in the center of Ho Chi Minh City have been decorated in Tet style, attracting many people to stroll and take pictures.
On the morning of November 13, at a shopping center near Notre Dame Cathedral, a space more than 50 meters long was filled with spring colors. This area is close to prominent monuments of the city such as the City Post Office, Reunification Palace, Turtle Lake, April 30 Park… so every Tet holiday is bustling.
This year, this shopping center is decorated with miniatures based on the theme of Tet in three regions. Many people in colorful traditional dresses pose for photos.
Each landscape is crowded with people taking photos under the cool Saigon weather on the first day of the year. Security guards constantly remind visitors not to move decorations.
Ms. Le Phan Diep Trinh, 30 years old, in Thu Duc City holds an apricot blossom branch to take pictures with an ao dai. The girl said that because the price of renting clothes and accessories was quite high, she bought a set to take beautiful pictures during Tet.
“I came out early and saw a lot of people. The atmosphere was very joyful, but taking a satisfactory photo was not simple,” Trinh said.
100 meters away, Ho Chi Minh City Post Office is also crowded with people coming to hang out and take commemorative photos.
Near Tet, this place not only attracts a large number of tourists to learn about Vietnamese culture but also many people come to take photos and have fun.
Ms. Phuong Dung (left corner) in addition to preparing ao dai, baskets, flowers, and fans, also brought along a lighting device to take beautiful pictures.
Ms. Ngoc Tran’s group (far left) brought their Vespa to the post office, dressed in ao dai, and took pictures in old Saigon style.
“Before that, I went to Ben Thanh market and Con Rua lake to take pictures, but everywhere was crowded. Many people waited for tens of minutes to take pictures with the classic car,” Ms. Tran said.
Ms. Nguyen Hong Diem held her phone and took a selfie with group members in front of the city Post Office. The whole group agreed to wear ao dai and glasses to create their own style.
“The weather has been cool these past few days, and every entertainment spot in the center is crowded, so I brought home-made flowers to sell to everyone who has accessories for spring photos,” said Ms. Lan Anh, 31 years old.
The flower rental booths near the Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral are crowded with customers, with prices about 50,000 VND per bouquet for two hours.
The streets around the center such as Le Duan, Pham Ngoc Thach, Paris Commune… are also crowded with ao dai taking to the streets.