Scenic at Vung Tau city
THE THANG TAM’S LOCAL GODS COMMUNAL HOUSE
The Thang Tam's Local Gods Communal House is the most special feature of fishermen in Ba Ria Vung Tau. According to legend, it built in Minh Mang dynasty (1820-1840) to worship three men who set up 3 villages of Thang in Vung Tau. It's architecture with the Tam Quan gate, the sanctum, the public commune, the meeting room and the scene for military opera stage that engraved skillfully.
The sanctum roofed with the Ying yang tiles, there is the shape of "a couple of dragon joking upon the moon" and the pillars engraved the shapes of dragons. This commune stores twelve pieces of sanction of Nguyen dynasty.
On the right of Thang Tam commune is the Whale tomb where there is a set of great bones of whale picked up from 100 years ago and on the left is Ngu Hanh Temple (5 elements of the space: metal, wood, water, fire and the earth)
Firstly built in 1907 at lower peak of Small Mount, it was burned with kerosene. In 1911 it was renewed to the 3 meters in diameter and 18 meters in height, and moved to the higher peak as today.
The Vung Tau lighthouse projects light as far as 35 sea miles (64.75 km) and equipped with lelescopes to follow and derect ships at the sea.
Next to the platform form of its there are 4 French ancient canons that are about 10m long and tons of weight. It used to defend for the essential military zones and protect from the far attacks.
Standing in this lighthouse, tourists can get a panoramic view of the whole of Vung Tau. Vung Tau lighthouse is the really interesting site.
THICH CA PHAT DAI PAGODA
Thich Ca Phat Dai is one of the largest pagodas in Vung Tau about 3km from the center and 6 ha on the slop of Big Mount
In fore time, this place was a wilderness. In 1957, a retired canton chief named La Quang Vinh founded an little temple called Thien Lam Tu for his family to recite the Buddhist sutras in. A few years later, a group of pil grims from the Buddhist Association of Southern Viet Nam visited the temple and realized that it was the ideal place for the worship of some sacred ashes from Buddha, whose life could be portrayed there. On July 20th 1961, they started to build and on March 9th 1963 it was inaugurated. The needed funds were collected from Buddhist Fellow Countrymen.
On the top of its main gate there is a marble engraved “Thich Ca Phat Dai”, then going up the stairs, a 9 foot-high tower in which the ashes of Mr.Le Quang Vinh the first monk of the pagoda is kept. The higher is Thien Lam Tu the main worshipping place of the pagoda.
STATUE OF JESUS CHRIST with outstretched arms On top of Small Mountain.
The enormous 28m figure of Jesus gazing across the East Sea with outstretched arms is located at the southern end of Small mountain.
Built in 1971, this Giant Jesus rests on a 10m high platform. The interior of the statue is hollow and contains a spiral staircase of 129 steps, ascending from the foot of the statue to its neck. The two shoulders of the figure are balconies, each able to accommodate up to six people, which offer a splendid view of the surrounding landscape.
This is the largest sculpture in the Southern Vietnam. Recent construction of a pathway has made the 30-minute hike up the mountain more pleasant and the panoramic view from various vista points along the way is magnificent. Definitely a must do!
VILLA BLANCHE along Trần Phú Street.
Built by the French (1898-1916) as a summer holiday house of French Governor General Paul Doumer. The building was named Villa Blanche after his favorite daughter. The name Villa Blanche or Bach Dinh coincides its appearance, for that season, the local people call it Bạch Dinh (White palace).
Later, some Indochina-French Governors used this summer house occasionally so it’s also called “Villa du Gouverneur” (Dinh Toan Quyen).
Both Ngo Dinh Diem and Nguyen Van Thieu used it as well for recreation and holiday. It made the name Dinh Ong Thuong (Palace of Lord appear).
Villa Blanche is located on the slop of Big Mountain, along Tran Phu St., at 50m above sea level. The outside walls were decorated with beading and the Hellenic statues.
This was also the location where the French colonialists placed Thanh Thai Kin under house arrest. He belonged to the last feudalistic dynasty in Vietnam and fought against the French before exiling him to Reunion Island off the coast of Africa (1909-1910)
From its balcony there's a panoramic view of Front Beach and opposite the Villa at the foot of that mountain is Hai Nguu islet with a stone rock shaped like a water buffalo wallowing in water. Next to Hai Nguu at the seaside was the helicopter yard.
Today Villa Blanche exhibits hundreds of antiques collected from Cau Islet-Con Dao and is the culture destination attracts hundreds of tourists every day.
Source: wikitravel.org, bariavungtautourism.com.vn