Nguyen Hue Flower Street 2024: must-visit this Lunar New Year

As Lunar New Year approaches, the time-limited Nguyen Hue Flower Street 2024 stands out as a must-visit destination. Our feature delves into how this iconic Vietnamese locale blossoms into a mesmerizing fusion of color and tradition. It's an open invitation for travelers to immerse themselves in the heart of Vietnam's Lunar New Year celebrations, experiencing a unique blend of beauty and cultural vibrancy.
Nguyen Hue Flower Street 2024 must-visit this Lunar New Year
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21 years of Nguyen Hue Flower Street

The Nguyen Hue Flower Street 2024 marks the journey of 21 years of this event. This iconic floral spectacle in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City continues its tradition of mesmerizing beauty and cultural representation. Every single year, the citizens of travelers to Ho Chi Minh City visit Nguyen Hue Walking street, which is transformed into a flower street.

Over two decades, the street has seen eight zodiac animals – Thân, Dậu, Tuất, Hợi, Tý, Sửu, Dần, and Mão – make their recurring appearances. Remarkably, these figures are recreated with an 80% accuracy to their original designs in the “Memory Zone.”

Since its inception in Giáp Thân 2004, which was notably the only year without a zodiac figure, the Nguyen Hue Flower Street has evolved significantly. In Bính Tuất 2006 and Đinh Hợi 2007, the entrance featured familiar everyday images of stone dogs and clay pigs. In contrast, the subsequent 17 years have seen uniquely designed zodiac figures at the entrance, eagerly anticipated by visitors.

Each year, the organizing committee, comprising individuals dedicated to contributing to the city’s meaningful project, strives to create the most beautiful flower street. This commitment is echoed by the city’s leaders, who often visit the site, engaging in Tet conversations over dinner with the team.

Nguyen Hue Flower Street from 2011 to 2022
Nguyen Hue Flower Street from 2011 to 2022

A key figure involved in the project reflects, “Each flower street is a testament to the dedication of its creators. The design and construction face numerous challenges, balancing artistic appeal and freshness for visitors, while avoiding excess and wastage.”

With 20 years of continual innovation, the Nguyen Hue Flower Street has become a distinctive feature of the city during Tet, reflecting the cultural essence of Southern Vietnam. It celebrates the joy of ornamental plants, recreates a part of Nguyen Hue flower market’s history, and importantly, becomes a place for residents to place their hopes for a brighter new year. It’s become a Tet tradition for many families to visit Nguyen Hue Flower Street.

The flower street has welcomed numerous leaders and international diplomats, immersing themselves in the city’s festive spirit. The organizing committee emphasizes that the enduring beauty and success of the Nguyen Hue Flower Street are largely due to the conscientiousness of its visitors.

Visitors to Nguyen Hue Flower Street previous year
Visitors to Nguyen Hue Flower Street previous year

Nguyen Hue Flower Street 2024

When and where?

The Nguyen Hue Flower Street 2024 will take place on Nguyen Hue Walking street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Nguyen Hue Flower Street 2024 will be officially opened for visitors from 7:00 PM 07/02/2024 to 9:00 PM 14/02/2024, which means you only have 1 week to visit before it is closed.

Is it free to access?

Yes, Nguyen Hue Flower Street does not require any tickets to access. You can easily and freely visit the place whenever you want.

Best time to visit

It is best to visit Nguyen Hue Flower Street 2024 during weekdays over the weekend, as there will be a lot of locals visiting the street those days, making it overcrowded.

During the day, visitors should choose 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM, or 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, because midday time will be too hot, and night time will be too crowded.

What to bring

Here are recommendations for what to bring if you visit Nguyen Hue Flower Streeet 2024:

  • Comfortable Footwear: Since you’ll be walking a lot, comfortable shoes are a must.
  • Camera or Smartphone: For capturing the beautiful displays and your memories.
  • Water Bottle: Stay hydrated as you explore.
  • Portable Charger: Ensure your phone or camera has enough charge to last the day.
  • Light Snacks: Some light snacks can be handy, especially if visiting with children. However, you can buy some right on the street, but be careful of the price
  • Small Backpack or Bag: For carrying your essentials without hindering your movement.

What's new on Nguyen Hue Flower Street 2024?

Under the theme “Spring of Love, Tet of Togetherness,” the Nguyen Hue Flower Street for Tet Giáp Thìn 2024 is poised to captivate visitors with its stunning main scenes and a variety of sub-scenes. This year’s exhibition is segmented into three distinct parts, each representing a unique note in a symphony of diverse hues – from the “Roots of the Homeland” at the beginning, across the peak of “Crossing the River,” to the concluding “Integration and Growth.”

The entire street resonates with the traditional cultural language and beliefs of the Vietnamese, harmoniously intertwined with the cultural identity of the Southern region. The organizer believe Nguyen Hue Flower Street will become one of the top things to do in HCMC in Tet 2024.

The 100m dragons on Nguyen Hue Flower Street this Lunar New Year 2024
The 100m dragons on Nguyen Hue Flower Street this Lunar New Year 2024

A highlight of this year’s display is the return of the dragon zodiac symbol after a 12-year cycle. At the entrance gates, the dragon figures, vibrant and serpentine, create a striking focal point for visitors. Each dragon, stretching over 100 meters with a head circumference of about 2 meters, marks a record in the size of zodiac symbols ever presented on Nguyen Hue Flower Street. This year’s dragons surpass the dimensions of previous years, notably those of Nhâm Thìn 2012 and Nhâm Dần 2022.

In addition to setting a record in size, this year’s dragon figures are also environmentally friendly, with over 90% of the materials being bamboo and fan mesh.

Concept of Nguyen Hue Flower Market 2024
Concept of Nguyen Hue Flower Market 2024

Spanning over 600 meters, the Nguyen Hue Flower Street for Tet 2024 is a fusion of cultural values and modern design language, offering an experiential space for residents and tourists to welcome spring.

For the first time, the golden apricot trees will grace Nguyen Hue Flower Street. Crafted by Vietnamese artisans over several months, these nine trees, ranging from 1 to 3.6 meters in height, are named with auspicious wishes for the new year, like Great Fortune Apricot, Vietnamese Dragon Apricot, Spring School Peach, Lucky Peach Blossom, and Bodhi Great Cat.

The Nguyen Hue Flower Street 2024 organizing committee will enhance the visitor experience with an Augmented Reality (AR) application. Guests can enjoy this AR experience at key scenes such as the “Twin Dragons Guarding the Dynasty,” the “Spring Dragon Boat,” and the “Supreme Thang Long Gate.”

Concept of Nguyen Hue Flower Market 2024 from above
Concept of Nguyen Hue Flower Market 2024 from above
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