Last updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
New Contents at Perfume Pagoda FestivalPosted: Monday, February 13, 2017
The Perfume Pagoda Festival is among festivals drawing the most tourists in Vietnam. In 2017, Perfume Pagoda is expected to welcome 1.3 - 1.5 million visitors, bringing about VND100 billion to the State Budget.
Taking place in Huong Son commune, My Duc district, Hanoi, Perfume Pagoda Festival 2017 is one of the biggest and longest festivals in the country. Fine weather is also a strong magnet to draw tourists to the Perfume Pagoda. Passenger boats carry visitors from Thien Tru Ferry Station to Huong Tich Cavern. In the first five days of the lunar year, nearly 200,000 people visited the Perfume Pagoda, a strong increase over previous years.
Viet Linh, a tourist from Vinh City, said, her family went to Perfume Pagoda Festival for three straight years. Traffic and sanitation this year were better than previous years.
According to organisers, this year, the Festival Organising Committee has assigned nearly 5,000 boats to serve visitors and station nearly 200 security guards to maintain peace and security. Localised overcrowding and contests occurred in some places.
“To ensure security and order, the police force continued to direct traffic flows to avoid congestion and assign patrol teams to every area. However, slight congestions still happened in some places because Perfume Pagoda received 60,000 - 70,000 visitors a day. Whenever congestions happened, the police force immediately came to clear the traffic,” said Colonel Le Xuan Van, sheriff of My Duc district police.
Mr Nguyen Van Tai, Director of Vietsense Company, added that “The organisation was better this year. Although the number of visitors surged, traffic safety and security were still ensured. Some people still polluted the environment; however, as the whole, the environment, atmosphere and space of the festival were green, clean and nice. Tour operators also found it easier to organise tours for customers.”
In 2017, Perfume Pagoda is expected to welcome 1.3 - 1.5 million visitors, bringing about VND100 billion. For years, the fund has been used to invest in spiritual tourism development in Perfume Pagoda.
Mr Nguyen Van Hoat, Chairman of My Duc District People's Committee, said, “My Duc District and Huong Pagoda Management Board are finalising procedures to send to the National Heritage Council for recognition of Perfume Pagoda as a special national heritage.”