The Garden Mall (formerly known as Thuan Kieu Plaza) has been open since 22nd December 2015 and become a perfect destination for shopping and entertainment in Ho Chi Minh City. It is the only shopping mall in Cholon (China Town Saigon) area – the most crowded area where Chinese people live in Ho Chi Minh City. The Garden Mall is also a cultural center introducing Vietnamese culture and culture of Cholon area.
Opening hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm, daily; Restaurants and cafes may open at different times.
Address: 190 Hong Bang Street, Ward 12, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The shopping mall is surrounded by 4 crowded streets in China Town Saigon: Hong Bang, Duong Tu Giang, Tan Hung, Thuan Kieu.
Tel: +84 931 813 189
Owner: Van Thinh Phat Group Corporation
Opening day: 22nd December 2015
Total floor area of 24,000 m2; Number of floors: 3
History of The Garden Mall
From Thuan Kieu Plaza
The construction of Thuan Kieu Plaza was started in 1994 and completed in 1998 in an area of 10,000 m2. The buildings have 33 floors and a total floor area of 100,000 m2. Located in Hong Bang Street – one of the main street in China Town, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, the buildings were expected to be a crowded shopping, entertainment and cultural complex.
However, the buildings had been no residents because of the inappropriate house design and the shopping centers had only a few stores due to lack of customers. There are lots of mysterious stories about Thuan Kieu Plaza including there have been ghosts around the buildings. It has been said the buildings look like a burner with 3 huge incenses in pink color from above or a distance. They were built to protect China Town from ghosts and devils, not for commercial purpose. Some people thought that it was in a shape of a boat which was broken by the crossing streets.
To The Garden Mall
In 2015, Thuan Kieu Plaza was bought by An Dong Investment Join Stock Company owned by Van Thinh Phat Group Corporation, then rehabilitated. On 3rd November 2017, the grand opening of The Garden Mall at the podiums of the buildings was announced.
Building, architecture and decoration
Inspire by both Eastern and Western cultures, the building is a mix of traditional and modern architectures. The buildings were painted green, concrete and alabaster walls were removed, glass walls and new elevators were installed. The facade of the podiums are decorated with models of bamboo trees. The mall has a new coat in green color – the color of life, nature, renewal, and energy, this color has the meanings of growth, fertility, harmony, freshness, and environment.
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What is in the Garden Mall?
The Garden Mall shopping center has 3 floors with the total floor area of 24,000 m2, filled with lots of restaurants, cafes, supermarket, stores selling cosmetics, fashion and accessories, household furnishings and appliances, gym, game center, theater, swimming pool, especially the biggest bookstore with an area of 2,000 m2 on the 1st floor.
Ground floor L1 – supermarket, restaurants and cafes
There are 8 entrances, restaurants and cafes including Maku Milk Tea, Trung Nguyen Legend Cafe, Baoz Dimsum – Hong Kong Cuisine, B-Bubs – Beer Club, Dairy Queen Grill & Chill, KOI The’ Milk Tea, The Pizza Company, Meet Fresh Desserts, I Love Kem, Mr. Park – Korean Grills, Chang Kang Kung – Steamed Dishes, McDonald’s, Gong Cha Milk Tea on the ground floors.
Update: The Auchan supermarket on the ground floor has just been bought by Saigon Co.op and temporarily is closed for maintenance.
1st floor L2 – Phuong Nam Book City
The 2,000 m2 Phuong Nam Book City is the largest bookstore in Ho Chi Minh City. The store consists of the following zones: book display, book cafe, fun zone for children, creative resting and reading, multimedia recreation. Coming to the world of nearly 50,000 book titles and 500,000 copies, visitors have a chance to not only read and buy their favorite books but also relax and forget about time.
2nd floor L3: Cho Lon cultural area
The 8,000 m2 Cho Lon cultural area consists of area selling handicrafts, gifts, souvenirs, Théatre de ChoLon Theater, Event Hall, Cocochin Food Court
Handicraft, gift and souvenir stores
Théatre de ChoLon Theater
Théatre de ChoLon Theater on the 2nd floor (L3) with a capacity for 150 introduce Vietnamese traditional performing arts such as hát tuồng, hát bội, cải lương.
Operating hours: 19:30 – 21:15 Every Friday – Saturday
Ticket price: 300.000 VND – 400.000 VND/adult
Contact for booking: 028 39 144 144
Event Hall is the place where brands promotions & events are operated or music & entertainment programs are played. With the theater and even hall, The Garden Mall is not only a center for shopping and entertaining but a cultural center.
Cocochin Cho Lon Food Court
Cocochin Food Court has a dining space with rustic, elegant architecture reminiscent of Vietnam’s beloved homeland. Diners have the opportunity to experience the essence of Cholon cuisine – one of the most sophisticated and rich cuisines in Saigon.
One Club – Fitness & Yoga
The One Club – Fitness & Yoga is a center of fitness, yoga, sauna, Muay Thai with our coaches team and modern equipment. The club brings customers a professional practice, friendly training and relaxation space.
The spacious and modern game area has countless new attractive games.
Stores selling clothes and accessories
Go to 418 Spa
Mythological flamingo garden
The first mythological flamingo garden has over 200 flamingo models arranged in a mythological place with Praying Lake, Wishing Tree and other strange flowers and plants. The garden is illuminated with modern led and lazer lighting system so that it looks stunning and majestic. The garden was display in front of the mall from 3rd to 12th November, 2017. The it has been placed in Cholon cultural area.
Inspired by the phrase “Đất lành chim đậu” which means “Good land birds come”, the flamingo garden shows the proud of people in Cholon area about the good land of China Town Saigon area.
Facilities at The Garden Mall
At the Information Counter on the ground floor of The Garden Mall, customers can get information including directions, free services at the mall.
The Garden Mall offers free Wifi so that visitors can surf on the internet and approach information about community entertainments at the mall.
Parking covers some areas from L2 to L5 and has a capacity for 600 motorbikes and 200 cars
Operating hour: 06:00am – 12:00pm, daily
Parking fee: 4,000 VND/1 motorbike; 5,000 VND/1 scooter; 20,000 VND/1 car
The outdoor swimming pool with retractable roof system and modern lighting system and an area of 1,100 m2 on L4 was completed and will be opened soon.
There are some ATM machines from Sacombank, SCB, BIDV where customers can withdraw money when shopping.
Floor plans of The Garden Mall
You can download the images of floor plans, zoom them to see the detailed floor plans in a photo viewer application.
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