Dong Nhi Cemetery

Dong Nhi Cemetery, Pleiku

Dong Nhi Cemetery
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The_Pale_Ridah
By The_Pale_Ridah
Finding beauty in all things.
Unlike anything similar, Dong Nhi Cemetary (nghĩa trang Đồng Nhi ) on Hon Thom peak is a mountainside resting place for babies whom had never seen the light of the earth & never breathed a breath of air. Through the compassion of one man the ‘unborn’ are given his family name & buried as a tribute to a bargain made with God. Tong Phuoc Phuc is an ordinary construction worker, not a wealthy man. He has been described as a ‘mad man’ as well as ‘God’s messenger’, sometimes the lines are blurred between the two. Being referred to as ‘crazy Phuc’ or ‘A crazy Phuc’ doesn’t deter his resolve. Some think he has lost all sensibility spending his own time & money in asking hospitals & clinics for what is classified as ‘hospital waste’. Such hospital waste is the undignified term for aborted foetuses, the mangled, shredded & lifeless bodies of babies whom had been condemned to death even before birth. ‘Abortion’ is a cold word but ‘hospital waste’ shows how heartless The System can be. Mr Phuc had asked God to help his wife deliver their child safely during a very difficult labour, almost instantaneously his wife brought forth into the world their beautiful child. The woman in the next room delivered a still born child & left the hospital. Mr Phuc came to learn that the reality was that such occurrences were common, the shocking truth was that such babies were considered waste & thrown out with the garbage. Such a thought haunted Mr Phuc in a dream & he awoke knowing what God’s price was. Mr Phuc gives the nameless children his own family name & lists their first names as the place he recovered them from hoping to give their mothers a chance at finding them one day. The small rectangle graves of over 10,000 remind visitors of how harsh the world can be. It is not only a place for rest but a place for the living to be reminded of the preciousness of all life. His work has been recognised by the Prime Minister of VN who has thanked Mr Phuc for his selfless work. Being located on a hilly mountainside which he purchased & cleared himself, it is common for the surrounding slopes to be covered in mist but once it clears & the sun shines through, it becomes apparent how beautiful a resting place for children this is. Offering a simple prayer in this still place can help you find God in all things.

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SeanAdvice
Sydney, Australia35 contributions
I have no idea what to make of this place
Feb 2014 • Solo
I came alone and only knew a little about this cemetery. There were three curators, one of which could speak English. They were all very friendly and insisted I sit with them in the shade to have a chat and some water. Then the two that spoke no English showed me around so that I could take photos. One of them had a wallet filled with photos of the unborn children that rested in the graves - these were hard to look at but I felt obliged. Afterwards I walked around by myself to take some photos.

All in all it's worth a visit.
Written 27 February 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

The_Pale_Ridah
Gladesville, Australia1,996 contributions
Finding beauty in all things.
Unlike anything similar, Dong Nhi Cemetary (nghĩa trang Đồng Nhi ) on Hon Thom peak is a mountainside resting place for babies whom had never seen the light of the earth & never breathed a breath of air. Through the compassion of one man the ‘unborn’ are given his family name & buried as a tribute to a bargain made with God.

Tong Phuoc Phuc is an ordinary construction worker, not a wealthy man. He has been described as a ‘mad man’ as well as ‘God’s messenger’, sometimes the lines are blurred between the two. Being referred to as ‘crazy Phuc’ or ‘A crazy Phuc’ doesn’t deter his resolve.

Some think he has lost all sensibility spending his own time & money in asking hospitals & clinics for what is classified as ‘hospital waste’. Such hospital waste is the undignified term for aborted foetuses, the mangled, shredded & lifeless bodies of babies whom had been condemned to death even before birth. ‘Abortion’ is a cold word but ‘hospital waste’ shows how heartless The System can be.

Mr Phuc had asked God to help his wife deliver their child safely during a very difficult labour, almost instantaneously his wife brought forth into the world their beautiful child. The woman in the next room delivered a still born child & left the hospital. Mr Phuc came to learn that the reality was that such occurrences were common, the shocking truth was that such babies were considered waste & thrown out with the garbage. Such a thought haunted Mr Phuc in a dream & he awoke knowing what God’s price was.

Mr Phuc gives the nameless children his own family name & lists their first names as the place he recovered them from hoping to give their mothers a chance at finding them one day.

The small rectangle graves of over 10,000 remind visitors of how harsh the world can be. It is not only a place for rest but a place for the living to be reminded of the preciousness of all life. His work has been recognised by the Prime Minister of VN who has thanked Mr Phuc for his selfless work.

Being located on a hilly mountainside which he purchased & cleared himself, it is common for the surrounding slopes to be covered in mist but once it clears & the sun shines through, it becomes apparent how beautiful a resting place for children this is. Offering a simple prayer in this still place can help you find God in all things.
Written 13 April 2010
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