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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Bien Hoa Cemetery

I was off exploring Bien Hoa & happened upon this cemetery hidden away among the weeds.

It didn't look very well-maintained, with trash & broken glass everywhere.

Many people in Bien Hoa are Catholic. When the communists took over the country in the 1950's religious persecution pushed people out of the North. A number of them wound up in Bien Hoa, resulting in a pocket of Catholics in a predominantly Buddhist country.

These graves have been overcome by weeds.

Land is expensive in Vietnam - no doubt the reason we see a vegetable garden butted up to this relatively clean & polished grave.

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