Bach Dang wharf

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May 19, 2022

Bach Dang Wharf is the name of the park and riverfront area on the banks of the Saigon River in District 1, the center of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This is a place where city people and tourists come to have fun and a place to watch fireworks every holiday and New Year.

Location

Bach Dang Wharf at 2 Ton Duc Thang Street, located on the west bank of the Saigon River, includes a harbor and a park 1.3 km long and 23,400 m² wide.

History

According to Petrus Truong Vinh Ky, the area from Thu Ngu flagpole to Me Linh square today, from Chan Lap to Nguyen Dynasty is also called Ben Ngu, ie river wharf for the king. Near the location of Thu Thiem wharf, then Thu Thiem ferry used to have an architectural work named Thuy Cac, the house where the king worked and stayed by the river. At the beginning of the 19th century, the position of Thu Ngu flagpole and opposite on Ham Nghi street today is Gia Tan station (where the court's official documents were transferred from Hue to or from Gia Dinh to Hue) and Cong Quan house (the guest house). for foreign mandarins or emissaries to reside). The riverside section from the old Ba Son workshop (now Ba Son station of the metro line No. 1 Ben Thanh - Suoi Tien and the beginning of Thu Thiem bridge 2) is the place where Vietnamese warships have been manufactured since the end of the 18th century. Le Van Duyet was the governor of Gia Dinh (1812-1832), this part of the river bank was the place to gather warships for naval exercises in the annual military parade festival, on the full moon of January. During the urban planning of Saigon, the French modernized this riverbank and built a harbor. The entire area is divided into several berths, each serving different boats. The area from Thu Ngu flagpole to Me Linh square is where domestic and foreign ships dock. Particularly, the area from Ba Son workshop to opposite the Naval Command building is a pier dedicated to warships. After the French left, this area continued to be used by the Republic of Vietnam navy. This place displays many antique cannons and flare guns to be used for welcoming guests or conducting parades on the river. The road along the river also bears different names in each period. The section from Khanh Hoi bridge to Me Linh square in 1865 was named Quai de Donnai, later changed to Quai Napoleon; in 1870 changed to Quai du Commerce; in 1896 changed to Quai Francis Garnier; April 26, 1920 changed to Quai le Myre de Vilers. The section from Me Linh site to Ba Son factory, was originally named Primauguet street; April 26, 1920 changed to Quai d'Argonne. In 1955, the Saigon government merged Le Myre Vilers and Argonne streets into one and renamed it Bach Dang Wharf, the name Bach Dang Wharf comes from. In 1980, the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City merged Ben Bach Dang Street with Cuong De Street and renamed it Ton Duc Thang Street as it is today.

Refurbishment and renovation in 2021–2022

After more than half a century, many items at Bach Dang Wharf have been degraded: the concrete foundation has collapsed, the riverbank is full of garbage, the constructions are dirty, many sections of the railing have been torn off... April 2021, The city decided to embellish the entire park from the Thu Ngu flagpole to the Saigon - Ba Son complex project, 18,600 m wide.