Vesak Day 2019: Developing spiritual tourism in Vietnam

11:21 | 25/05/2019 Society

(VEN) - The 16th United Nations Day of Vesak 2019, marking Buddha's birthday, enlightenment and passing away, which took place from May 12 to 14, provided an opportunity for Vietnam to develop spiritual tourism.  

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The Tam Chuc Buddhist Cultural Center where Vesak 2019 took place

The activities were held at the Tam Chuc Buddhist Cultural Complex in the northern province of Ha Nam, about 65 kilometers south of Hanoi – the capital.

The Tam Chuc Buddhist Cultural Complex, covering nearly 5,100 hectares in Ba Sao Town of Ha Nam Province’s Kim Bang District is one of the largest Buddhist cultural complexes in Vietnam.

Vesak Day highlights the traditional and humane perspectives of Buddhism as a religion dedicated to peace, unity, and mutual development in the flow of Vietnamese history.

This year was the third time the UN Day of Vesak is hosted in Vietnam. Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh said the successful organization of this event would contribute to the understanding of Vietnam’s policies and laws on religion, and to promoting the image of Vietnam as an attractive spiritual tourist center.

Vietnam possesses great potential for spiritual tourism development, as it is home to unique temples, pagodas and monuments across the country.

Not only Ha Nam but also many other northern provinces including Ninh Binh, Bac Giang, and Quang Ninh participated in welcoming the event’s participants.

A leading Vietnamese tourism company, Vietravel, was chosen by the Buddhist Sangha of Vietnam to regulate all promotional activities for the event, and offer transport, accommodation and air ticket services for more than 1,500 event participants. Vietravel also offered tours to Vietnam’s leading spiritual tourist centers including Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Ha Nam, Ninh Binh, Quang Ninh and Bac Giang provinces.

More than 1,650 international representatives and about 15,000 - 20,000 Buddhists and local residents attended Vesak 2019 in Ha Nam Province.