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Pictures of worship places on first day of social distancing easing

10:05 | 25/04/2020

With a cultural habit of going to pray at worship places thousands of years, plenty of Hanoians headed to temples and pagodas around midday on April 23 – the first day after social distancing measures have been relaxed amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.

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Vietnamese going to pagodas and temples to pray for health, peace and happiness has been a religious culture for years . This is not only simply a wish, but also a moment for people to gather in a spiritual place, leaving behind the difficulties in life and feeling all together the harmony of heaven and earth.

Though the first day of easing the social distancing coincided with the new lunar month's beginning, some pagodas, temples and shrines were not yet allowed to open, plenty of Hanoians headed to Tay Ho temple and Quan Su pagoda around midday on April 23 to pray for their wishes and hopefulness even they could only stand in front on the street.

Phuc Khanh pagoda, Tran Quoc pagoda, Ha pagoda and Tay Ho palace, Quan Thanh temple ... were not opened on the first day of social isolation.

Many people still came to these places as a habit on the 1st and the full moon of lunar calendar. Photos cited from vietnamnet and vov show you the religiously cultural habit in Vietnamese's life.

pictures of worship places on first day of social distancing easing
Quan Thanh temple remains its closure with its silence (Photo: vietnamnet)
pictures of worship places on first day of social distancing easing
Tran Quoc pogoda in West lake keeping its barriers (Photo: vietnamnet)

pictures of worship places on first day of social distancing easing
Normally on the 1st and 15th of the full moon, Tay Ho is crowded with people going to church. This time its two gateways are covered by authorities (Photo: vietnamnet)

However, Tay Ho temple and Quan Su pagoda are the two popular religious sites that local people in Hanoi visited during the first and 15th days of the lunar month

pictures of worship places on first day of social distancing easing
Tay Ho temple and Quan Su pagoda are the two popular religious sites that local people in Hanoi visit during the first and 15th days of the lunar month

Despite Hanoi easing social distancing measures as of April 23, mass gatherings, cultural, and sporting events are still banned in the capital

pictures of worship places on first day of social distancing easing
Photo by VOV

Although police forces erect barriers to prevent people from entering the temple, many religious followers practice worshipping behind the barriers

pictures of worship places on first day of social distancing easing
Photo by VOV

The crowds disperse after police officers remind them of regulations regarding preventive steps taken against the COVID-19

pictures of worship places on first day of social distancing easing
Photo by VOV

Some residents attempt alternative routes in order to get closer to the temple, but are blocked by on-duty police officers.

pictures of worship places on first day of social distancing easing
Photo by VOV

Many local people can be seen praying for peace and wishing for luck on the first day of the fourth lunar month directly in front of the gate to the pagoda

pictures of worship places on first day of social distancing easing
Photo by VOV

People prepare fruits before they visit the shrine to give them as offerings

pictures of worship places on first day of social distancing easing
Photo by VOV

Quan Su pagoda is one of the most popular religious sites for Vietnamese people to visit in the capital city. Lots of people could be seen entering the pagoda, with some failing to wear a mask

pictures of worship places on first day of social distancing easing
Photo by VOV

With Quan Su pagoda closing all of its doors, only a small entrance is open for people to access the site

pictures of worship places on first day of social distancing easing
Photo by VOV

Despite the easing of the social distancing order, Tran Quoc pagoda remains closed.

pictures of worship places on first day of social distancing easing
Photo by VOV

Quan Thanh pagoda has also been kept closed until further notice

pictures of worship places on first day of social distancing easing
Photo by VOV

Ha pagoda remains quiet

pictures of worship places on first day of social distancing easing
Photo by VOV
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