Approximately 500,000 LED lights are used to form a lotus field and cherry blossom garden at Bach Dang Wharf Park in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
The ‘light garden’ is just one of several activities held as part of Ho Chi Minh City’s 8th Japan-Vietnam Festival, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic relations.
The two scenes were inspired by iconic flowers from the two countries: lotus and sakura, also known as Japanese cherry blossom.
Aside from the lotus and sakura light displays, the event organizers have installed colorful lights throughout the rest of the park, including a 50-meter-long, four-meter-wide lit-up dome that is quickly emerging as a popular photo hotspot for young Ho Chi Minh City residents.
The number of LED lights—500,000—is symbolic of the 50 years of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Japan.
Tran Phuoc Anh, director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Foreign Affairs, said that the light display at Bach Dang Wharf Park is indicative of the bright future ahead for Vietnam and Japan.
Meanwhile, Watanabe Nobuhiro, Consul General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City, expressed his gratitude to the Ho Chi Minh City leadership for their collaboration with the Japanese Business Association of Ho Chi Minh City to organize the light display and contribute to the establishment of an improved nighttime entertainment venue in the city.
He shared his hope that local residents will appreciate the sakura and lotus light displays.
The lights will be kept up at Bach Dang Wharf Park until April 16.
On February 25 and 26, the 8th Japan Vietnam Festival was held at the 23/9 Park in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City and featured several culture, trade, and cuisine exchanges.
The event, which attracted 500,000 locals and tourists, contributed to fostering the relations between Japan, Ho Chi Minh City, and Vietnam as a whole.