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Police on the alert at Huong Pagoda Festival

Update: February, 24/2015 - 00:00
The police arrested a group of 12 illegal brokers yesterday, on the first day of the famous festival, which is held on the outskirts of Ha Noi's Ung Hoa district. — Photo giaothongvantai
HA NOI (VNS) — The capital city police is closely co-ordinating with local authorities to enforce law and order during the Huong (Perfume) Pagoda Festival.

The police arrested a group of 12 illegal brokers yesterday, on the first day of the famous festival, which is held on the outskirts of Ha Noi's Ung Hoa district.

Illegal brokers are the main cause for public chaos during the three month-long festival—the nation's most elaborate event for welcoming the Lunar New Year pilgrims—according to the local police and authorities.

They often work in groups of four or five and often disguise themselves as motorbike taxi drivers to hide from the police.

Standing on the Highway 21b section through the My Duc and Ung Hoa districts, these illegal brokers try to flag down cars carrying visitors towards the Huong Pagoda to convince them to buy entrance tickets or tickets for boating and boarding suspension cables.

The illegal brokers do not follow local rules and are the main cause for traffic accidents during the annual festival, known as one of the most crowded gatherings of spiritual followers and tourists nationwide.

This year, strict police check-ups have been deployed across the highway towards the pagoda to ensure safety of the tourists and prevent any illegal broker action.

Ha Noi police's PC 45 section collaborated with the local police on Monday to seize a dozen motorbikes owned by illegal brokers.

Every year, the Huong Pagoda festival welcomes millions of travellers. In the event that the sizeable number of visitors might cause chaos, the festival's organisers pay special attention to maintaining order and ensuring the safety of visitors.

The pagoda is situated 60km from the city centre. — ­­VNS

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