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Nguyen Thien Thuat Street
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In Ho Chi Minh City, there’s a music street called Nguyen Thien Thuat (via Tuoi Tre News)

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Nguyen Thien Thuat Street in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, is best known for its wide array of music stores. But it is not just the stores that make the street popular.

There is an aura of good old sound here that makes it all so alluring.

The tones of string instruments echo along the street that is less than one kilometer long.

A sense of refreshment fills the air.

The story of a street that sells guitars, violins, ukuleles, and lots of other instruments goes back to a few individuals who popularized the service of mending acoustic guitars roughly 40 years ago.

Son, the 63-year-old owner of Ngoc Son Music Store, said that when he first came to Saigon, which is the old name of the city but is still widely used now, the one thing he did when he was down was to play the guitar.

He and his friends would gather around for a good singing and guitar playing spree after working hours.

It was their only way to put their feet up.

His guitar notes got so popular that people started asking him to fix their instruments.

He decided to set up shop. Others soon followed suit.

In no time, music stores sprang up. Now they number around 30.

 

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