Vietnamese conglomerate Vingroup has begun construction of Vietnam’s largest theme park in the northern port of Haiphong.
The $1bn VinWonders development will take the form of an entertainment, housing and eco-park at the intersection of three rivers in the northern outskirts of the city.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the 50ha attraction took place on Sunday, 21 June, attended by Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the prime minister of Vietnam.
The park will consist of six indoor and outdoor entertainment zones aimed at different age groups.
The area for children will have science, sports, virtual reality and “extreme games”.
“Coaster World”, in the centre of the park, will have a variety of roller coasters, and there will be a “safari” area – a zoo with local wildlife that will inform visitors about wildlife protection. There will also be a water park and the areas devoted to retail and food.
The park project was first announced in March 2015, when Haiphong suggested it should also have a casino, five-star hotel, marina and 36-hole golf course. In the event, only the Vinpearl golf course was built, opening in April 2017.
Nguyen Viet Quang, vice chairman and general director of Vingroup, said VinWonders would be the company’s fourth theme park in the country and its first in northern Vietnam.
When complete, it will be the largest park in the country, overtaking the company’s VinPearl park in Phu Quoc island, in the southern Vietnamese province of Kien Hao.