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Saigon’s Tao Dan Park among the “most haunted” places in the world

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Travel + Leisure has published a list of the most haunted places in the world, including Tao Dan Park in Ho Chi Minh City.

Saigon's Tao Dan Park among the 'most haunted' places in the world
Tao Dan Park, HCM City.

Travel + Leisure wrote: “Over 24 acres of gardens make Tao Dan Park look like a paradise, but at night, locals have reported that the space takes on a different feel. Rumors say that the ghost of a young man who was killed in an attack still wanders the park, looking for his lost love.”

Several years ago, UK travel guidebook Rough Guide also published a list of the world’s 27 most haunted places that includes Tao Dan Park.

However, such information surprises locals who have never heard of this scary happening at this park.

It can be said that the above information is just a rumor. In fact, Tao Dan is a green and safe public spot that is loved by local people.

Tao Dan Park has a long and storied history. During the 19th century, the French christened the space as the “Jardin de la Ville” and incorporated a tennis court, pool, and soccer field, which was perhaps the first in the country.

Following the departure of the French in 1954, the park was renamed Tao Dan Park and has since gone on to become an integral part of life in the city. So important is its function that the locals lovingly dubbed the space ‘’the lungs of Ho Chi Minh City’’, due to the abundance of trees and greenery.

Tao Dan Park is no ordinary public garden. In addition to the blooming flora and scenic atmosphere, the park is home to its fair share of fascinating cultural exhibits.

The following destinations are also listed by Travel + Leisure as the most “haunted” destinations in the world, but it is not clear how accurate the information is.

Raynham Hall, Norfolk, England

The mysterious “Brown Lady,” rumored to be Lady Dorothy Walpole, was reported to be one of the apparitions captured on film in the December 1936 edition of Country Life. 

Poveglia, Venice, Italy

A short trip from Venice, the beautiful island of Poveglia was once a quarantine zone for people suffering from the plague. In addition, the island was used as an insane asylum in the early 20th century. Ghost hunters claim this spot is a hotbed of paranormal activity, but visits are currently prohibited.

Bhangarh Fort, India

Two hundred miles from Delhi, this abandoned fortress sticks out in the middle of the desert. Legend has it that a sorcerer cast a curse on the area after being rejected by a local princess. Guests can still visit the fort’s impressive ruins today.

Ancient Ram Inn, Wotton-under-Edge, England

This 12th-century inn is one of the oldest in the Western world. It is believed to have once been a pagan burial ground, and boasts that it is haunted by more than 20 spirits, including ghost children and a pagan high priestess. Fearless travelers can at the inn in hopes of experiencing the spirits themselves.

Port Arthur, Australia

There are many ghost tours around Port Arthur to satisfy worldly ghost hunters. Formerly an 18th-century convict settlement, the Tasmanian town is now a hotbed of paranormal activity.

The Queen Mary, Long Beach, California, USA

This beautiful ocean liner spent 30 years at sea before permanently docking in Long Beach and becoming a tourist attraction. During her tenure, she logged more than 50 deaths, which makes her a truly haunted ship.

Burg Wolfsegg, Wolfegg, Germany

This 800-year-old castle is apparently haunted by a woman who scares off any visitors who pass. She is rumored to be the ghost of Klara von Helfenstein, who was reportedly murdered by her jealous husband.

Lizzie Borden House, Fall River, Massachusetts, USA

This allegedly haunted bed-and-breakfast is the sight of a gruesome and highly publicized murder that occurred in 1892. Although she was acquitted, Lizzie Borden was suspected of killing her father and stepmother with a hatchet in the unassuming home. Since then, guests have reported all manner of strange sightings in the house.

Casa Loma Castle, Toronto, Canada

Completed in 1914, this Gothic Revival-style house is filled with corridors and secret passageways. Tales of ghosts have been whispered around the property for decades. The home hosts throughout the year, and there are two restaurants on the grounds, too.

Château de Brissac, Brissac-Quincé, France

This towering building is famously known as the place where Charlotte de Brézé was murdered. According to the legend, Charlotte, the illegitimate daughter of King Charles VII, was killed by her husband after discovering her affair. Visitors claim to have seen a “Green Lady,” named for the color of her dress, roaming the halls. Y

Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado, USA

This famous Rocky Mountain destination is known as one of the inspirations for Stephen King’s “The Shining,” but it also has its own spooky past. Allegedly, staff members have encountered ghosts, such as a maid from Room 217 who is known to pack away guests’ clothing when they aren’t looking. 

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Saigon's Tao Dan Park among the 'most haunted' places in the world
Saigon's Tao Dan Park among the 'most haunted' places in the world
Saigon's Tao Dan Park among the 'most haunted' places in the world
Saigon's Tao Dan Park among the 'most haunted' places in the world
Saigon's Tao Dan Park among the 'most haunted' places in the world
Saigon's Tao Dan Park among the 'most haunted' places in the world
Saigon's Tao Dan Park among the 'most haunted' places in the world
Saigon's Tao Dan Park among the 'most haunted' places in the world

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Source: Travel+Leisure

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Hanoi to impress visitors through beautiful gifts, tourism photos

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To create a breakthrough in tourism promotion, and contribute to the rapid and sustainable development of Hanoi’s tourism industry, the Department of Tourism of the capital city has launched a gift design contest and a tourism photo competition.

Hanoi to impress visitors through beautiful gifts, tourism photos hinh anh 1Thang Long Imperial Citadel (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – To create a breakthrough in tourism promotion, and
contribute to the rapid and sustainable development of Hanoi’s tourism
industry, the Department of Tourism of the capital city has launched a gift design
contest and a tourism photo competition.

The two contests aim to select photos and products that meet
the artistic criteria, show a typical, rich and diverse culture, tourism
resources, tourist attractions, historical sites, festivals, traditional craft
villages, and the culinary culture of Hanoi for dissemination and promotion of
the capital city’s tourism to both domestic and international tourists.

Entries should show the difference and diversity in
materials and colours, and be friendly to the environment, safe to human
health, and not deformed or changed by the climate and weather. The
organising board prioritizes products that use available materials, are local
traditional crafts and convenient for mass production, and have high
applicability and reasonable prices.

All professional and amateur photographers, artisans,
painters, designers, organisations, enterprises and individuals can participate
in the contest held from June 1 to July 31.

The organising board will present awards and display works
from September to October.

All individuals and organisations can find out detailed
information about the contests’ rules on the website of the Department of
Tourism (http://sodulich.hanoi.gov.vn) and on the mass media. Entries can be
sent to the Hanoi Department of Tourism’s headquarter at 11B Cat Linh street,
Dong Da district.

The capital city is making every effort to revive its
tourism after more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

About 8.61 million tourists, including some 211,300
foreigners, visited the city between January and June, nearly tripling the
figure in the same period last year.

The city’s total tourism revenue in the first half of 2022
amounted to approximately 25.2 trillion VND (1.08 billion USD), more than three
times the figure in the first six months of 2021.

Local hotels rated 1-5 stars recorded an average occupation
rate of over 30% during the period, up 6.11% year-on-year.

The capital city, home to 24 recognised tourist
destinations, is offering a series of enticing products to attract tourists
given its reopening of the local tourism industry. These include night tours at
Hoa Lo Prison and Thang Long ancient citadel; a northern mountainous wet market
programme at the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism in Son Tay
township; and the Hanoi City Tour by double-decker buses. 

In addition, Hanoi has also launched many tourism
exhibitions, trade fairs, and festivals.

Hanoi to impress visitors through beautiful gifts, tourism photos hinh anh 2Tourism gifts (Photo: VNA)

It is striving to welcome and serve 9-10 million visitors
in 2022, including 1.2-2 million international visitors. Total revenue from
tourists is expected to reach 27-35 trillion VND.

By 2023, the city is planning to welcome and serve 12-14
million visitors, including 2.5-3.5 million foreign visitors, earning a
total revenue from 42 to 55 trillion VND.

It eyes to welcome over 30 million visitors, including 7
million foreigners, by 2025, according to the municipal Party Committee’ draft
conclusion on tourism development for 2016-2020 and following years. The
visitors are expected to spend more than 130 trillion VND while in the capital.

To that end, Hanoi plans to expand new tourism products
based on the potential of each area, in a bid to gradually resume all tourism activities
this year in an important step to develop the tourism sector sustainably after
the pandemic.

Culinary and heritage tourism as well as MICE, a type of
tourism combining meeting, incentives, conferences and events will be promoted
in inner districts while spiritual and agro-tourism will be developed in
suburban areas.

Such types of tourism including resort and health tourism;
community and spiritual tourism will be prioritised in rural areas of the city.

The municipal People’s Committee has designed seven main
tasks and solutions to develop tourism in adaptation to the new normal, with an
emphasis on ensuring safety for both destinations and visitors.

The city will strive to devise unique tourism products to
meet visitors’ demand, and improve quality of tourism products and destinations
linked with heritage sites, relics and craft villages.

Seminars will be organised to train local residents at
destinations in knowledge and skills relating to serving tourists. Training
classes on community-based tourism will also be held in some districts at the
same time.

Hotels and resorts in inner and suburban areas are
encouraged to implement promotion programmes as well as services tailored to
satisfy tourists’ demand for short vacations./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/hanoi-to-impress-visitors-through-beautiful-gifts-tourism-photos/232197.vnp

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Vietnam’s cultural heritage space to run in Hoi An

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An exhibition of Vietnam’s cultural heritage space will open in Hoi An city, the central province of Quang Nam, from July 8 to 13.

Vietnam’s cultural heritage space to run in Hoi An hinh anh 1Trang An landscape complex in Ninh Binh province (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – An exhibition of Vietnam’s cultural
heritage space will open in Hoi An city, the central province of Quang Nam,
from July 8 to 13.

A total of 160 photos on display will introduce UNESCO-recognised
heritages, national special relic sites and intangible heritages in Vietnam
such as the Dien Bien Phu battlefield in Dien Bien, Hung Temple in Phu Tho,
water puppetry, and Binh Dinh martial arts.

Green tourist destinations and a trend of environmentally
friendly tourism will also be featured.

In another part of the exhibition, visitors will be treated to images of and items from traditional craft villages across the country.

Every day during the course of the event, an exchange programme
spotlighting folk art and culture is scheduled.

As an activity to welcome the Visit Vietnam Year 2022 hosted
by Quang Nam under the theme of green tourism, the exhibition will go online
from July 12 at http://trienlamvhnt.vn./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/vietnams-cultural-heritage-space-to-run-in-hoi-an/232175.vnp

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Exploring Bat Trang pottery museum in Hanoi

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The pottery museum in Bat Trang ancient pottery village forms part of the Centre for the Quintessence of the Vietnamese Craft Village and is about 15km from the heart of Hanoi. The museum houses myriad cultural and historical values from the village.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/exploring-bat-trang-pottery-museum-in-hanoi/232129.vnp

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