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Leper Hospital

" Quy Nhon's Queen Beach and Leper Hospital sound like unlikely tourist destinations. But they're definitely worth visiting. And don't be concerned, there's nothing voyeuristic about a visit. It may be a highlight of your stay."


Busts of famous doctors

          The Leper Hospital - has become a tourist attraction and visitors are welcome (for a small entrance fee) and you can also enjoy the beach. As it usually goes with leprosy colonies, it is highly unusual to see this. ....... but rather a depressing place is a kind of model village at the coast, where the treated patients can live on with their families in a small, well-kept houses.

If someone had leper, he was referred to this village in Quy Nhon. When the patients were nursed and healed, they were allowed to live and work in the village. Depending on the abilities that they have, they could work in the rice fields, in the fishery, and repair-oriented companies and small shops. One of these shops is well known, because it's selling and repairing prostheses and special shoes.
As a result of the hard work of colony residents, the whole village is refreshing and free of garbage.

The leper colony is a neat collection of buildings all enclosed and close to the beach. It's surrounded by the houses of former patients who now have a decent life.

 

The hospital grounds are so well maintained that it almost looks like a retirement home. You can visit this hospital daily from 08:00 to 16:00 hours. Over the years, many prominent and important doctors have worked in this hospital. These historic physicians (both Vietnamese and foreign) has been busts placed along the path to the beach.
The beach is very inviting. Although there are no lounge chairs, but there are no pushy vendors. You can lie down with your towel on the beach without being disturbed. But it does mean that you have to bring all the stuff yourself like: lunch, snacks, umbrella etc. You can reach it easily by taxi or motorbike.


The houses

The leper colony is situated along the beach (Queen's Beach), which is clean and sometimes crowded on weekends by the locals. The Vietnamese name is Quy Hoa Beach, named after a queen. Quy Hoa was the wife of the last emperor of Vietnam: Boa Dai.
The leper colony and the beach are a few kilometers south of Quy Nhon. On the way to the beach you can also visit the tomb of Han Mac Tu in a small detour. Just before the beach there is a dirt track that leads to the tomb at the foot of a hill, where you'll find a statue of him.
 

 

Han Mac Tu is a poet, who died very young. The cause of death of the poet is undoubtedly leprosy. He grew up in a poor family and lost his father when he was young. He began at an early age to write poetry and he found soon the necessary appreciation and that encouraged him to go on. In 1937 he got leprosy and was eventually incorporated in September 1940 in the hospital, where he would die two months later.
Han Mac Tu's early poems are famous for their pure form and language, reminiscent of the more classical poets. The period after his work was largely influenced by the French Symbolists. After he fell ill his lyrics, however, were systematically depressed and violent. In a search for a new style, he founded the "disorded school of poetry" on.
During his life only one bundle was published: Rural girls (1936). Posthumous would appear four bundles.


Queen's Beach

 

 

 


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