Ho Quyen Tiger Arena

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Flaunting well-preserved ruins, Ho Quyen is an ancient fighting arena used to host battles between tigers and elephants. In old Vietnam, tigers were feared beasts, while elephants were deemed noble. In these rigged fights, elephants having the upper hand fought gladiator style for the Minh Mang royal family and high-ranking spectators to watch. Built in 1830, the stone walls retain tiger teeth and claw marks even today, though Ho Quyen has remained closed since 1904.

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