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Attractions reopened in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City

Attractions reopened in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City

Friday, May 15, 2020, 07:24 GMT+7
Attractions reopened in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City
Foreign visitors look at exhibits at Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi, Vietnam, May 14, 2020. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre

Many attractions and monuments in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are welcoming visitors again after being shuttered for almost two months because of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

In Hanoi, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex and Ba Dinh Square welcomed their first visitors on Tuesday after fifty days of closure.

From Thursday, the Temple of Literature in the capital city has also opened its door to visitors, with daily hours starting from 8:00 am as usual and anti-epidemic measures in place as per Ministry of Health regulations.

Visitors are required to wear a face mask before entering the venue.

Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi is holding a special exhibition with the theme ‘Khat vong tu do’ (The Desire for Freedom), which runs from Thursday until the end of July, to mark the 130th birthday of late President Ho Chi Minh (May 19).

Hanoi’s authorities have also announced the resumption of activities on all walking spaces around Hoan Kiem Lake and nearby areas from Friday, including the Hang Dao – Hang Giay – Dong Xuan Market route and six pedestrian streets within the Hanoi Old Quarter.

Museums in the Vietnamese capital such as the National Museum of Vietnamese History, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum, and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology also reopened this week, with the exception of the Vietnamese Women’s Museum, which is under renovation.

To mark their reopening, several museums are holding interesting events to lure visitors, including an exhibition of portraits of President Ho Chi Minh being held at the Ho Chi Minh Museum.

On Sunday, the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology will offer free admission to all visitors to mark the International Museum Day (May 18).

All attractions and monuments in Hanoi had been temporarily closed from March 13 as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In Ho Chi Minh City, the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens in District 1 has resumed its normal activity from Friday, its director Pham Van Tan told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

Dam Sen Cultural Park in District 11 has reopened for a while but is only welcoming visitors three days a week on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until further notice.

From now until May 31, the amusement park is implementing a ‘buy one get one’ policy for any group of six visitors or more and allowing free admission for visitors who are 60 years old or older.

Vietnam has confirmed 312 COVID-19 cases to date, with 260 recoveries and no deaths.

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