QR Codes Invade Ho Chi Minh City

Tourists visiting HCM City have now the opportunity to scan a quick response code (QR code) to access information, images and videos about various tourist attractions around town. This includes the Central Post Office, the Saigon Opera House, the cathedral and Ben Thanh Market in the city centre.

A source from the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism stated that the department will conduct a QR code scanning pilot program at 20 tourist sites in the city, mainly free of charge.

There will be a separate QR code for each tourist attraction, so all relevant details will appear when visitors use their smartphones to scan their codes. When a code is scanned, a list of tourist sites appears, making it easy for tourists to plan their next site visit in HCM City.

Nguyen Thi Thanh Thao, head of the Information Technology Division under the HCM City Department of Tourism, said that the QR code concept was the best solution for travellers to the city who are not accompanied by a tour guide.

Tourists often access the internet for information related to popular sites such as Ben Thanh Market or Mong Bridge and find it difficult to gauge whether the information is correct. Thus, getting accurate information will become more convenient with the QR codes. Besides this, tourists will have the possibility to learn about the inside of infrastructure where they are not allowed to enter such as the former Saigon City Hall.

“The department is working with application writers to conduct the pilot program in November,” Thao said, adding that the program is scheduled to cover all tourist attractions citywide at the start of 2019.

The program is part of HCMC’s smart-tourism development strategy. The department had earlier launched an application running on Android and IOS operating systems in two languages, English and Vietnamese, allowing tourists to look for information on the city’s tourism attractions.

(Source: Saigon Times)