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Pilgrims show up for prayers outside of Hanoi’s shuttered pagodas

Pilgrims show up for prayers outside of Hanoi’s shuttered pagodas

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 17:49 GMT+7
Pilgrims show up for prayers outside of Hanoi’s shuttered pagodas
Tran Quoc Pagoda in Tay Ho District is closed in an attempt for Hanoi authorities to curb COVID-19 spread, February 16, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Despite the fact that Hanoi authorities closed all local pagodas in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19, many visitors were still seen gathering at the shuttered temples for their Lunar New Year prayers and rituals.

As witnessed by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper correspondents on Tuesday, the majority of shops and food stalls in Tay Ho District were closed.

Functional forces were present at the area to ensure adherence to the mass closure mandate.

Temples in the district, including Tran Quoc, Tay Ho, and Quan Thanh, have been shuttered since the late hours of Monday.

The closure, however, did not stop visitors from showing up at the venues for their Lunar New Year prayers.

Locked-out pilgrims also found ways to carry out rituals involved in a normal temple visit, with banknotes tucked in the gap of the temple gates while incense sticks were burnt right outside of the sites.

It was also noticed that several food stalls and coffee shops remained open on Tuesday morning and only closed when forced by functional forces.

Meanwhile, most food and beverage stalls in Dong Da, Hoan Kiem, and Hai Ba Trung Districts were closed in adhering to the capital's direction.

However, several places around Hoang Cau Lake and Hoan Kiem Lake remained open during the morning and only closed when reporters and officials showed up.

Tay Ho Temple (Phu Tay Ho) in Tay Ho District is closed in an attempt for the Hanoi authority to curb COVID-19 spread, February 16, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Tay Ho Temple (Phu Tay Ho) in Tay Ho District is closed in an attempt for Hanoi authorities to curb COVID-19 spread, February 16, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Pilgrims gather outside of the shuttered Quan Thanh temple in Tay Ho District for prayers, February 16, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Pilgrims gather outside of the shuttered Quan Thanh temple in Tay Ho District for prayers, February 16, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Banknotes are tucked in the gate of shuttered Quan Thanh temple in Tay Ho District, February 16, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Banknotes are tucked in the gate of the shuttered Quan Thanh temple in Tay Ho District, February 16, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Vendors selling animals for mercy release in front of Tran Quoc Pagoda in Tay Ho District are forced to move by police officials, February 16, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Vendors selling animals for mercy release in front of Tran Quoc Pagoda in Tay Ho District are forced to move by police officials, February 16, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Pilgrims gather outside of the shuttered Tran Quoc Temple in Tay Ho District for prayers, February 16, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Pilgrims gather outside of the shuttered Tran Quoc Temple in Tay Ho District for prayers, February 16, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Shops on the Dang Thai Mai – Xuan Dieu junction in Hanoi’s Tay Ho District are closed, February 16, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Shops along the Dang Thai Mai – Xuan Dieu junction in Hanoi’s Tay Ho District are closed, February 16, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Shops on Dang Van Ngu Street in Hanoi’s Dong Da District are closed, February 16, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Shops on Dang Van Ngu Street in Hanoi’s Dong Da District are closed, February 16, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Shops on Hoang Cau Street in Hanoi’s Dong Da District are closed, February 16, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Shops on Hoang Cau Street in Hanoi’s Dong Da District are closed, February 16, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

“Ban mang ve” (Takeaway available) sign on a coffee shop on Hanoi’s Hang Bong Street, February 16, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A 'ban mang ve' (takeaway) sign at a coffee shop on Hanoi’s Hang Bong Street, February 16, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A coffee shop on Hanoi’s Nguyen Luong Bang Street remains open, February 16, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A coffee shop on Hanoi’s Nguyen Luong Bang Street remains open, February 16, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A coffee shop on Hanoi’s Le Thai To Street remains open, February 16, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A coffee shop on Hanoi’s Le Thai To Street remains open, February 16, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Boba tea shops on Hanoi’s Thanh Nien Street remains open, February 16, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Boba tea shops on Hanoi’s Thanh Nien Street remain open, February 16, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A beverage stall on Hanoi’s Ngoc Ha Street remains open, February 16, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A beverage stall on Hanoi’s Ngoc Ha Street remains open, February 16, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

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