Tam Chuc Pagoda, a popular spiritual and tourist destination in the northern province of Ha Nam, around 60 kilometers from Hanoi, received 60,000 visitors on Sunday, three times the number as in the entire first lunar month that ended a few days ago.
The pagoda management requires all pilgrims to follow the Covid-19 prevention regime including making medical declarations, but many failed to comply with social distancing requirements.
After being closed for nearly a month due to the country’s latest outbreak that began on Jan. 28, Huong (Perfume) Pagoda, a collection of temples and shrines built amid mountains and forest in Hanoi’s outlying district of My Duc, reopened last Saturday.
It received 20,000 visitors last weekend, with many refusing to wear masks and comply with other pandemic prevention measures.
Tran Dac Phu, senior advisor to the Health Ministry’s public health emergency operations center, said while visiting pagodas and…