New commercial centre put into operation in Ho Chi Minh City

Sunday, 2017-03-05 07:42:34
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Deputy Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City’s Party Committee Vo Thi Dung visits a start-up project by students at Sense Market. (Credit: NDO)
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NDO – A new food market and shopping complex was opened to the public in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 by the Saigon Co-op Investment Development JSC and the Cuu Long Investment Commercial Company Limited on March 4.

Located at Section B of the September 23 Park in District 1, the Sense Market commercial centre is a new business model, combining traditional and modern markets to meet the shopping and recreational needs of domestic customers and international tourists.

The complex consists of an 11,000 m2 basement, of which its 6,000 m2 parking lot can house 150 automobiles and 600 motorcycles, contributing to solving traffic jams and parking needs in the downtown areas.

The remaining 5,000 m2 area is devoted to the reconstruction of an Asian street food cultural space with nearly 100 ancient Asian street food stalls from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, India, and Japan.

Along with that is the Taka Plaza shopping mall with more than 400 booths, offering diverse goods sold at reasonable prices. In addition, Sense Market also has Co-op Food convenience stores, telecommunications service booths, and foreign exchange kiosks.

With the aim of celebrating Vietnamese cultural traditions, cuisine and landscapes, the design unit has added national characteristics of traditional culture, as well as landscapes, to combine with modern models of foreign markets.

Visitors to Sense Market can easily identify staircases which have been designed to replicate terraced rice fields typical of the north-western region and a natural lighting system from the ground floor to the basement in the style of the well-known Son Doong Cave in Quang Binh.

Sense Market also regularly organises free classes of Tai Chi, aerobics and self-defence in the morning for local residents. Tourism promotion events will be held periodically in coordination with the Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Association.

Along with cuisine, culture and tourism promotional activities, Sense Market will also host regular special booths for students, facilitating the city’s youth start-ups.