Vietnam's first synthetic rink opens in HCMC

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Vietnam's first synthetic rink has opened in Ho Chi Minh City, offering a new and exciting recreational activity for the local youth.

Covering 425 square meters on the third floor of the Youth Cultural House in District 1, Skateland is equipped with US-standard equipment, allowing people to figure-skate and play ice hockey, said investor Hoang Van Anh, an overseas Vietnamese.

However, compared to rinks in other countries with temperatures lower than 0 Celsius degrees, the rink's temperature will be maintained at between 16-18 Celsius degrees so that it is easier for Vietnamese people to get used to the environment, Anh said.

Starters will receive on-site instructions on basic skating, he said, adding that the new playground doesn't only target Vietnamese youth but also foreigners living here.

At the court's opening ceremony held last Saturday, the Skateland club introduced its male ice hockey team the first in Vietnam.

Skateland will open from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. It charges each person VND50,000 (US$2.56) for shoes and training for 85 minutes.

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