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Vietnam halts selling tickets for entry into Hoi An Ancient Town during Tet

Friday, February 13, 2015, 14:08 GMT+7
Vietnam halts selling tickets for entry into Hoi An Ancient Town during Tet
A corner in Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An City in central Vietnam will stop selling tickets for entrance to its old town and close a walking street for pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles between February 13 and 21, according to the local Center for Culture and Sports.  The center said Wednesday that it will not sell entrance tickets to visitors to Hoi An Ancient Town, located in the city’s Minh An Ward, from February 18 to 21 (Lunar New Year’s Eve to the third day of the Lunar New Year).

Hoi An City is administered by Quang Nam Province.

The Lunar New Year, or Tet in Vietnamese, will kick off on February 19, with festivities lasting for about one week. 

Hoi An also started shutting down a walking street for pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles in the ancient town on Friday and will re-open it on February 22.

Vo Phung, director of the Hoi An Center for Culture and Sports, said the city has held many programs to celebrate the Tet holiday, including flower markets and flower streets on Tran Hung Dao, Nguyen Hue, and Hoang Dieu Streets.

A ceremony to begin Tet celebrations will take place at 10:00 pm on Lunar New Year’s Day at the square along the Hoai River.

A fireworks display will also be held at the An Hoi statue garden on Nguyen Phuc Chu Street on Lunar New Year’s Eve.

From the first to the sixth of the Lunar New Year, a series of activities under the theme of Tet will be organized, including calligraphy festivals, music shows, plant-growing events, and boat racing.

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