A foreign guidebook says a Saigon park is haunted, but locals have never heard the story Here is what Rough Guides published about Tao Dan: "With 10 hectares of gardens shaded by tall trees, Tao Dan Park gives residents of Ho Chi Minh City a chance to escape from the frenetic traffic. But when the sun goes down, some locals have a hard time relaxing. It's said the ghost of a young man who was killed in a vicious attack still prowls the park, looking for his lost lover." The park is located in District 1, and is bordered by Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Huyen Tran Cong Chua, Nguyen Du and Cach Mang Thang Tam, and split by Truong Dinh Street. Park authorities denied allegations that the ghost of a young man is prowling the park. A member of the park management told Vietweek there were several petty robberies in the park over the last few years, but "absolutely no murder." He said the story about a ghost in the park was totally false, and no one has ever reported seeing ghosts there. … [Read more...] about Vietnam park haunted by dead young man?
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Twenty schoolchildren were slaughtered by a heavily armed gunman who opened fire at a suburban elementary school in Connecticut on Friday, killing at least 27 people including himself in the one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. * Obama says "our hearts are broken" … [Read more...] about Connecticut gun rampage: 28 dead, including 20 schoolchildren
The mountains along the Lao border in Nghe An are stunning, but the jungle hides a sinister drug war. A mountainous road in the central province of Nghe Anâ€™s Que Phong District. Local forests are used by drug dealers to smuggle heroin from Laos to Vietnam. … [Read more...] about The heroin brick road
At the back of the Ha Noi detention center is the Cau Nga execution ground, which has been in use since the Center was shifted from Hoa Lo Street in 1993. >> Part 1: Dead men walking - judgment day Executions usually take place before sunrise. In the daytime, the ground is quiet and brooding, with the graves of executed prisoners situated in a line. Police officers at the Ha Noi detention center remember the first prisoner executed here -- Huynh Thuc, who came up before the firing squad in April 1993, just a month after the center opened. … [Read more...] about Dead men walking – P2: daybreak on death row
Saigon never sleeps. Yet our room is deadly quiet. The quietness feels quite similar to the silence that reigned in those Soviet-style communal apartment buildings in Hanoi where we once lived, when adults went to work and children went to school. But is life ever quiet… I see the small leaves of the potted plans you’ve put on the windowsill wave. And a streak of light dance on the wall. It must be the wind. The wind is blowing in from the trees outside on the streets. The Saigon streets that are lovingly shaded by gigantic trees, just like our streets, in Hanoi, of old. I hear the sound of buckets and basins echo through open space from a room downstairs, and a woman’s laughter from a room upstairs. What are our neighbour men doing in the yard at the foot of the common stairs? Aren’t they lifting the hoses to wash their motorbikes? Aren’t they raking the coal stoves to help their women boil water to make coffee to sell at the alley entrance? Isn’t … [Read more...] about The last journey Most Recent News