The Shrine of Our Lady of Tapao

The Shrine of Our Lady of Tapao, Phan Thiet

The Shrine of Our Lady of Tapao

The Shrine of Our Lady of Tapao
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The_Pale_Ridah
By The_Pale_Ridah
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The Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Tapao is an interesting place that has attracted much attention due to the funny things that have reported to have happened there, from divine apparitions, miracle cures, the statue's cloak moving to the sky changing colours, whatever the case or wateva vids people have upload on YouTube it is a site that attracts Vietnamese pilgrims of every faith & religion to pay homage & to ask for a wish. The bottom foothills where the 400-odd stairs start has become a commercial free-for-all as the Church does not own the land so unrestricted commercial activities such as roast port vendors (traditional food for worship & offerings) have sprung up everywhere. Beggars & the poor both professional & legit, the maimed & deformed have flocked to this site like a freak show hoping to gain from pilgrims, they line both sides of the lower stairs like a gauntlet of horrors, holding out their hands chanting, i probably saw over 60, making it a harrowing experience in itself. The staircase leads to a wide platform with a large white statue of the Virgin Mary overlooking a wide view of the surrounding farmland & the La Nga river. Groups of pilgrims of every religion pray at the site & is a place of reflection & worship. Surprisingly the site has no church, I understand they are trying to purchase land there to help keep this place from becoming an amusement park of horrors with every kind of shady character & beggar south of Saigon converging there.

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The_Pale_Ridah
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The Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Tapao is an interesting place that has attracted much attention due to the funny things that have reported to have happened there, from divine apparitions, miracle cures, the statue's cloak moving to the sky changing colours, whatever the case or wateva vids people have upload on YouTube it is a site that attracts Vietnamese pilgrims of every faith & religion to pay homage & to ask for a wish.

The bottom foothills where the 400-odd stairs start has become a commercial free-for-all as the Church does not own the land so unrestricted commercial activities such as roast port vendors (traditional food for worship & offerings) have sprung up everywhere.

Beggars & the poor both professional & legit, the maimed & deformed have flocked to this site like a freak show hoping to gain from pilgrims, they line both sides of the lower stairs like a gauntlet of horrors, holding out their hands chanting, i probably saw over 60, making it a harrowing experience in itself.

The staircase leads to a wide platform with a large white statue of the Virgin Mary overlooking a wide view of the surrounding farmland & the La Nga river. Groups of pilgrims of every religion pray at the site & is a place of reflection & worship.

Surprisingly the site has no church, I understand they are trying to purchase land there to help keep this place from becoming an amusement park of horrors with every kind of shady character & beggar south of Saigon converging there.
Written February 7, 2010
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