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Huong Pagoda reopens
Thuy Duong 17:01, 2021/03/13
Tourists flock to renown Huong Pagoda from 1am on the first day of Huong Pagoda Festival on March 13.

Although the Huong Pagoda Festival is scheduled to open at 3am on March 13, many visitors and Buddhists had already gathered at the place very early, around 1 o’clock in the morning. 

Buddhists visit Huong Pagoda very early in the morning. The opening ceremony of the sacred pagoda is postponed one month.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, relics, temples, religious establishments in the capital had to shut down as a measure to prevent the spread of corona virus since February 16. 
Earlier, in an online meeting on the prevention of the Covid-19 pandemic, the vice chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee- Mr. Chu Xuan Dung, agreed with the request of the My Duc district, Hanoi to reopen the Huong Pagoda from March 13. The festival, however, should be held ensuring the enforcement of safety measures. 
In the very early morning on the first days of Huong pagoda festival, people have been flocking to the sacred place, where the greatest Buddhist festival in the north of Vietnam is held, the most important in the spiritual life of Vietnamese people, and Vietnamese Buddhists in particular.
Huong Pagoda’s staffs inspected boat fares and site admission fees. Visitors are asked to comply with Covid-19 prevention and control protocols.

The boat is carrying visitors to stroll along the Yen Spring, the waterway which leads to religious sites and landscapes within the Huong Pagoda Complex.

Visitors and Buddhists showed their joy when having the chances to visit the pagoda after its long-time closure as a preventive measure against Covid-19 pandemic.

“I am so happy as Huong Pagoda can open today. Local authorities had already urged us to comply with pandemic prevention regulations a few days ago. I will try my best in implementing pandemic prevention in order to keep myself and community safe from coronavirus,” said Mr. Trinh Xuan Bay, 87, a who writes sinogram petitions for visitors in to Huong Pagoda.
Additionally, shops and eateries are ready to serve their clients on the first day of Huong Pagoda Festival. 
Everything is ready for a new festive season in Huong Pagoda, My Duc district, Hanoi.
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