Overcoats made available for inappropriately dressed tourists in Nha Trang


Updated : 03/29/2017 14:28 GMT + 7

Tourists dressed in shorts or sleeveless shirts can now borrow overcoats at popular tourist site Ponagar Cham Towers, an ancient place of worship in the south-central city of Nha Trang.

Situated on a knoll at the mouth of the Cai River, two kilometers north of Nha Trang, Ponagar Cham Towers is dedicated to the worship of Lady Po Nagar, widely believed to be the originator of the Cham people in southern Vietnam.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of international tourists flock to the attraction, characterized by its brick towers arranged into three levels, according to Tran Van Binh, head of the attraction’s management.

Binh noted that many tourists arrive inappropriately dressed for the sacred towers.

“It disturbs the aesthetic beauty and sacredness of the towers, which embody the local culture and religious beliefs,” Binh said.

“Therefore, we have prepared overcoats for tourists who have dressed inappropriately so that they can still enter the attraction.”

Binh added that there are signs placed around the complex reminding tourists to dress properly.

“Our employees have also been trained to instruct visitors who wear shorts or sleeveless shirts to borrow the overcoats for free,” Binh said.

“The policy has so far been met with positive feedback and support from international visitors.”

The Ponagar Cham Towers in Nha Trang welcomes between 500,000 and 600,000 foreign tourists per year on average, most of whom are Chinese and Russian nationals.

Du khách 'mát mẻ' thăm tháp bà Ponagar được mượn áo dài

Foreign tourists wear free overcoats at the Ponagar Cham Towers in Nha Trang City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Du khách 'mát mẻ' thăm tháp bà Ponagar được mượn áo dài

Tourists dressed inappropriately at the Ponagar Cham Towers in Nha Trang City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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