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Stricter dress code applies at Hanoi tourist sites

Released at: 11:24, 03/05/2017

Stricter dress code applies at Hanoi tourist sites

A tourist is lended a coat to cover her unsuitable clothes at Ngoc Son Temple. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Visitors required to wear suitable clothing before entering certain sites.

by Le Diem

Visitors wearing inappropriate clothing such as shorts, short dresses, or tank-tops will not be allowed to enter cultural sites or religious sites such as temples and pagodas in Hanoi, according to a new decision from the Hanoi Relic Site Management Board.

Popular sites at 48 Hang Ngang, 5D Ham Long, and 90 Tho Nhom, as well as the President Ho Chi Minh Commemorative House in Ha Dong district’s Van Phuc ward have all begun to insist that visitors don coats, despite these locations having no religious significance at all.

One of the most important and famous temples in the capital, Ngoc Son Temple on iconic Hoan Kiem Lake, has 100 sets of full-body clothing visitors can borrow when they are deemed to be wearing inappropriate clothing. Ngoc Son Temple welcomes hundreds of local and foreign visitors every day and many of the latter are unaware of clothing issues when visiting temples or pagodas throughout Asia.

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