Vietnam’s largest theme park opens for free again

By Do Truong, Thanh Nien News

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Tourists visiting a temple in Dai Nam Tourism Complex in Binh Duong Province. Photo: Do Truongq Tourists visiting a temple in Dai Nam Tourism Complex in Binh Duong Province. Photo: Do Truongq

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Dai Nam, a theme park within an hour's drive from Ho Chi Minh City, has announced that free admission is available to all visitors from February 21 to March 19 to celebrate the new lunar year. 
“We decided to open for free during the first lunar month this year for all visitors,” said its director Nguyen Van Sang. 
It was the second time Dai Nam, the largest amusement park in Vietnam, offers free entry.
Located in Binh Duong Province, the 45-hectare (111 acre) park is about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from downtown HCMC.
Last November, tens of thousands of people have thronged here after its owner Huynh Uy Dung announced it would close on November 20.
Dung said the shutdown plan was the result of a long and complicated dispute between him and the provincial government.
After the announcement, which in retrospect looks like a marketing trick, Dung began offering free entry and 50 percent discounts for Disney-like rides and attractions inside the park, including a zoo and an artificial sea. 
The announcement created an immediate rush from visitors, prompting its management to extend the original free entry period from November 4-9 to until November 19.
Following the move, streets throughout Binh Duong were jammed, which forced the state government to issue an emergency instruction for the province to clear clogged streets.
Dai Nam’s management later decided to close the park on weekdays to curb traffic. 
It is now open daily as usual. 

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