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Every District of Saigon to Get a Book Street in the Future

Saigoneers all over the city can expect to have a book street in their neighborhood in the near future.

Deputy Head of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Information and Communication Vu Van Long shared with VietnamNet that in the past, the city planned to establish a book street in every district. The ambitious plan wasn’t possible then due to time and budget constraints.

However, the popularity of Nguyen Van Binh Book Street in District 1 has prompted Saigon authorities to restart the city-wide book street project. Long said that eventually each of the city’s 24 districts will get a dedicated book area, but he didn’t elaborate on when or how the plan will come into fruition.

Trinh Huu Anh, a department official, added that each street will feature a different design and book selection tailored for the area’s demographics.

He gave the example of Thu Duc District, home to several major universities in Saigon. Thus, Thu Duc’s book street will have suitable titles for college students and professors. Meanwhile, Tan Phu District’s crop of factory workers will also enjoy books related to their interests.

The project's backers are still in the early stages of determining suitable locations around the city to set up book streets before submitted the plan to the HCMC People’s Committee for consideration.

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