Ho Chi Minh City authorities have named three structures as protected relics, including Mieu Noi (Floating Temple), Long Hoa Pagoda and an old tomb in Tao Dan Park.
The three structures were categorized as municipal relics, increasing the city’s number of protected relics to 153.
The Lam family tomb in Tao Dan Park was built in 1895 and is considered an artistic relic, according to the city Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Archeologists said it is the burial place of Lam Tam Lang, a Guangdong immigrant who died in 1795 and his wife Mai Thi Xa.
Tao Dan Park is located at 55C Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street in HCMC’s District 1, a ten minute walk from Independence Palace.
Mieu Noi (Floating Temple), or Phu Chau Temple, is located on an islet in the Vam Thuat River in Go Vap District’s Ward 5, and is considered one of Vietnam’s most special spiritual structures.
People come to the temple to pray for safe travels and good luck.
The islet is only be visited by boat.
The other new relic, Long Hoa Pagoda, is located at 1250/41 Huynh Tan Phat Street in District 7. It was built in 1902 and underwent a major refurbishment from 2000-2003.
HCMC authorities have banned any construction or repair work on these relics without express written permission from the city's mayor.
The three newly-listed structures increased the city’s list of protected relics to 156, including 58 nationally recognized relics.
In 2010, city authorities decided to survey 168 historical structures; the survey remains underway.
The Lam family tomb, one of the three newly-chosen relics, drew wide attention starting last October after a foreign guidebook listed it as one of the world’s most haunted places.
UK travel guidebook Rough Guide named the park on its list of the world's 27 most haunted places, surprising many locals who have never heard of anything spooky happening at the park.
Rough Guides later told Thanh Nien it selected Tao Dan Park after searching the Internet for interesting ghost stories
“A story about the man looking for his lost lover in Tao Dan Park came up repeatedly," the guidebook publisher wrote via email. “We are by no means suggesting that this story is completely accurate.”
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