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Religious sites in Hanoi desolate amidst epidemic fears
Ha An 17:23, 2020/02/05
Some historical relics and popular tourist destinations in Hanoi announced temporary closure as of February 4 to avoid the nCoV.

Pagodas and temples across Hanoi have remained empty, contrary to the bustle and hustle this time every year as pilgrims have been encouraged to avoid crowded spaces and shield themselves from new coronavirus infection.

 

People usually visit temples, pagodas and sacred destinations to seek blessings for a peaceful, lucky and happy year in the first days of every Lunar New Year, which has been considered a cultural trait of Vietnam. 


 

However, those places in Hanoi are deserted these days. Some estimated the number of arrivals falls by 70-80%.


 

Previously, the government requested to cease all festivals yet to be launched or scale down the festivals which are already underway with revelers being required to wear surgical masks when attending. 


 

Kim Lien Temple, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Quan Thanh Temple, and Tay Ho Pagoda were less buoyant in February, few visit the donation desks while the parking lots remain empty. People wore masks while praying. 


 
 

According to Kim Lien Temple’s Management Board, the desolation was caused by the concern over the epidemic. 


 
 
 

Some historical relics and popular tourist destinations in Hanoi announced temporary closure as of February 4 to avoid the acute respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, including Hoa Lo Prison, Ngoc Son Temple, the Temple of Literature, among others.


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