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Quan The Am Bo Tat Pagoda - Vung Tau (The Pagoda of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva)

This is a small pagoda with the 19-meter-high white Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva statue facing the sea with a hand holding Cam Lo bottle and gentle, virtuous face. It is a beautiful statue and also an attraction of the tourists when coming to Vung Tau.

Quan The Am Bo Tat (Pagoda of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva) is located on Tran Phu Street, about 500 meters from Bai Dau.


Built in 1976, the highlight of this pagoda is a giant white Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva Statue located at the middle of the pagoda’s campus. The Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva stands on a lotus with a kindly and virtuous face and the Cam Lo pot in the hand looking to the sea. The pagoda is one of the most famous destinations for many pilgrimages to this beautiful city.

Behind the pagoda is the mountain, in front is the sea. The pagoda is always an attraction for holidays and monthly full moon days.


Everyday, the pagoda attracts many tourists to visit and worship, especially onfull moon days. If having the opportunity to visit Ba Ria – Vung Tau, you should not miss a tour of visiting Quan Am Pagoda, to be able to find an oasis of calm, and dispel fatigue and worries of daily life. Moreover, you can discover the beauty of culture and tradition here.


Location: The pagoda is on the Big mountain detour, Vung Tau city, 500 meters away from Strawberry beach.

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The Big House of Long Son - Vung Tau

Located on Long Son island about 30 km from Vung Tau city, The Big House of Long Son was built at the beginning of the 20th century by Sir Tran whose real name was Le van Muu. In 1900, Sir Tran, a believer of the Tu An Hieu Nghia religion (originating from the Seven Mountains, An giang province) led 20 followers to come and settle on Long Son island. With their intelligence and diligence, the land of Long Son soon became rich soil on which various fruit trees, crops were cultivated.  The good reputation of Sir Tran and his men had drawn more and more people to the island.


Coming to the Big House, visitors will be amazed by its group of unique wooden architectures including a temple, a meeting hall, a school, a market, Sir Tran’s tomb and a house to preserve Sir Tran’s boat which he used to come to the island. Another interesting thing of the Big House of Long Son is the wide collection of many antiques from ordinary tools such as knives, hoes, spades, hammers and sickles to a 200 year old set of table and chairs beautifully carved with a dragon head, the famous Luc Van Tien painting made by an artist in Ben Tre province, a collection of 33 wooden worship cabinets with silver inlay and hundreds of other valuable antiques made out of gold, silver, wood, pottery( clay) and copper.

Every year, on his birthday ( 20/2 of the lunar month), and on Trung Cuu day (9/9 of the lunar month), thousands of people from the Mekong River Delta and neighbouring localities come to the Big House of Long Son to join in big celebrations.

In addition to the architectural design of the Big House which features an impressive combination between the local religion with Confucianism and Taoism, the Big House of Long Son keeps and further develops indigenous festivals, traditions and cultures of ancient Vietnamese people. In 1991, the Big House was recognized by the Ministry of Culture and Information as a historical heritage and has since then become an interesting tourist attraction of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

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Niet Ban Tinh Xa Monastery - Vung Tau City

Niet Ban Tinh Xa Monastery is located on Ha Long Street, Vung Tau City, approximately 130km from Ho Chi Minh City. It is one of the largest pagodas with modern architectural features.

 This monastery was built on a hill from 1969 to 1974. The monastery has a flag pillar, a symbol of an ancient lotus stupa. Among the many items to observe are the 42 stairs paved with bricks, a 3.5-ton bell, intricate mosaic work, and a 12-m Buddha statue.

Situated on the side of Small Mount, Niet Ban Tinh Xa pagoda also called the pagoda of the Lying Buddha, face to the sea at a point about 2 km from the city center.

It was built from 1969 to 1974 completed by the money contributed from Buddhist fellow countrymen. Senior Thich Thien Hue undertook and took care of construction work. It is one of the most charming ones in Vung Tau, with the contour of the modern architecture. In front of the pagoda standing a 12 meters high flagstaff comprising the 42 notches that represent the 42 pages of Buddhist sutras which were firstly introduced into Vietnam since 11th century.


On the top of its gate there is a board with the inscription “Niet Ban Tinh Xa” which means the most elevated place of Buddhism. On the two pillars of the gate are notes regarding the date of the construction, both in the solar calendar (1969) and the Buddhist calendar (2513)

Follow up the stair would take us to the main hall of the temple that is decorated look like a garden of the Sala flowers, the stting of Buddha passing into Nirvana. A salience here is the statue of the lying Buddha, which measures 12 meters in length and it’s represented “The twelve fatal circumstances of human life”. The statue was cast in steel and concrete, coated with those renowned Marbles brought from Ngu Hanh Son in Da Nang province and placed on a 2.5m high pedestal.

In front of the main temple stands a huge ceramic-coated urn bearing the figure of the dragon, kylin, tortoise, and phoenix. This urn had been the achievement of more than two years of engrossing artistic labor of an artisan in Ben Tre province and then offered to the pagoda in 1971

Symmetrically from the two sides of the urn stand tow towers about 2m in height. The one on the left contains a statue of Amida and the other contains a statue of the Buddha of medicine. Behind the sanctum is the inside shrine, a place for the worship of Buddha Sakyamuni and those among his disciple. Right back of Buddha Sakyamuni’s statue who is a picture of “the Great Lama”, the very first eminent monk who brought Buddhism from China to disseminate in Vietnam. Looking to the right one would see the statue of a Buddha with a thousand arms and thousand eyes, which embodies the superb wonderworking power of Buddha who is so insightful and wishes to save all living creatures.

To the left of sanctum lies the stair to the first floor of the pagoda where a large model of the legendary paper boat of Buddha is displayed. The model is 12m long. Buddhism conceives that life is “a sea of sufferings” in which the human race is plunged and Buddhism itself is the paper boat which comes to rescuer every one from misfortunes and take them to the realm of the eternity and infinity. On the other side of the boat is the temple of the Avalokiteshvara Boddhisattwa.

Her statue is wrought in the form of a virtuous and generous lady in the act of pouring down sweet dew from a vase to cure ailments of all living souls and to purify the dusty world. The story of the Avalokiteshvara Boddhisattwa handed down from generation to generation as follows:

In the old days there was as happy young couple in the countryside. The husband named Thien Sy and the wife named Thi Kinh. Thien Sy was so aborbed in his study day and nigh while Thi Kinh was engaged in raising silkworms, planting mulberries to earn a livelihood and also in taking care of him. One day Thien Sy suddenly subsided into sleep while he was studying. At that moment, seeing a tuft of hair was turning weirdly upward on her husband’s chin, Thi Kinh took out a knife intending to cut off the said tuft. All of a sudden he woke up and thought that she was about to kill him because he saw the knife was closed to his throat. For this he gave his wife a good beating and turned her out. Tormented by the injustice that befell her, Thi Kinh had her hair shaven off and disguised herself as a male to seek shelter at a pagoda and became a Buddhist monk (At that time only males were entitled to go to school or to take religious vows).

It so happened that a flirtatious girl named Thi Mau from a well to do family living near by often visited the pagoda to make ceremonial offerings. Thinking that Thi Kinh was a young and handsome novice, Thi Mau usually clanged to the former to court but of no avail. This vexed her a great deal. One day, aware of the pregnancy as the out come of a handy panky illicit relationship with her own servant, Thi Mau came to the pagoda and reported to the resident monk that Thi Kinh was the author of the child unborn. No daring to confess her true identity, Thi Kinh had to swallow the bitter pill and had to take care of the baby when it was born.

The two wrongs of Thi Kinh had been suffering were blent in her prayers and in the sounds of her wooden fish beatings. Then Buddha understood clearly her sorry plight and decided to help her to reach enlightenment in a short time and to pass into Nirvana where she was ordained the title “Avalokiteshvara Boddhisattwa”. And the statue of the child represented Thi Mau’s own child that was nurtured by Thi Kinh.

In front of rescue boat is a belfry about 12m in height. In side the tower a huge bronze bell is suspended. It weighs approximately 3.5 tons and was cast in former Sai Gon (HCMC now) by dexterous artisans from Hue and offered to the pagoda in 1962.

Niet Ban Tinh Xa is both the famous pagoda and scenic beauty site, which attracts hundreds of visitors daily. People come to the pagoda either to make ceremonial offerings or to enjoy the scenery of the place.

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Ba Isle of Vung Tau City

Ba Isle is an islet lying near Nghinh Phong Cape and between the busy Thuy Van Beach and the quiet Dua Beach. From the top of small Mountain where the Statue of Jesus stands, Ba Isle floats on the blue water offering an eye-catching view and making the Nghinh Phong Cape more charming.


On this tiny island, there is a very old temple built in 1881 by a man called Ho Quang Minh, who originally came from the middle part of Vietnam. Inside the 4 meter high temple, various Gods are worshipped. There is also a basement underneath the temple which used to be a secret meeting hall for Vietnamese patiotic cadres during war time.


At low tide, tourists can walk on the uneven rocks to access the island. On full moon days ( the fifteen day of the lunar month) and the first day of the lunar month, many tourists and locals go to the island for sightseeing and praying purposes.

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Minh Dam Mountain

Lying 6 km from Long Hai town, Minh Dam mountain streches some 10 km along Long Hai sea. Previously, Minh Dam mountain had another name called Chau Long-Chau Vien and was a revolutionary base of Provincial Party Committee of Ba Ria-Long Khanh (former name of Ba Ria-Vung Tau) during the 2 resistance wars against the French and Americans.


In 1948, Chau Long-Chau Vien was renamed after Minh Dam, which was the joint name of Mr. Bui Cong Minh and Mac Thanh Dam, secretary general and deputy secretary of  District Party Committee of Long Dien, who gave their lives in the Minh Dam revolutionary base.

In 1993 by a decision of the Ministry of Culture and Information, the Minh Dam base officially became a revolutionary historical heritage.

Today, Minh Dam Mountain and its revolutionary base is not only a place for Vietnamese youth and students to come and study about the glorious history of the Vietnamse people during the wars but it is also known as a potential tourist attraction for their extraordinarily beautiful landscapes. To get to the mountain top, tourists can choose whether by car on a nice winding tree-lined road or on foot through the jungle seeing birds and listening to the relaxing sounds of a nearby stream.

The 30 minute journey will be soon compensated upon arriving at the top by the fresh air and especially the amazing scenery of the sea in harmony with the mountains and regional setting.


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Binh Chau Hot Springs

Located 150 km from Ho chi Minh city and 70 km from Vung Tau city, the Binh Chau Hot Springs of Binh Chau commune, Xuyen Moc district, Ba Ria-Vung Tau province lies right in the middle of the Binh Chau Phuoc Buu Nature Reserve with over 70 visible hot springs at temperate from 40oC đến 80 oC. The underground hot water covers an area of about 1 km2  in which there are many diferrent lakes of hot water streaming out endlessly till today


According to the world scientists, hot mineral water, mud and pure air of forest and sea are very important elements for antibodies and health recovery.

the Binh Chau Hot Springs were actually discovered in 1928 by a French doctor named Sallet in his medical research of South-Eastern Vietnam, later he published his discovery in the “Indochina Research news” under an article called “Cu Mi”. However, these precious hot springs remained untouch until the early years of the 21st century when the Saigon Binh Chau Resort was completed and put into operation.

The Hot springs have become increasingly popular with both Vietnamese people and foreigners, particularly after the World Tourism Organization voted the Binh Chau Hot-Phuoc Buu Nature Reserve as one of the 67 sustainable ecotourism developments among 47 countries worldwide.

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Monkey temple in Long Hai

Recently, in their trips to Long Hai, many tourists fancy a drop at at a temple near Long Hai to have a fun time with those lovely monkeys living on Ky Van mountain just behind the temple.


According to a monk, the temple is named Thien Vien Chon Nguyen, but since the monkeys appeared, many people have preferred to call it “Monkey Temple”. Previously, the monkeys lived on the mountain, then some of them came to “visit” the temple, and on some occasions, they were fed by the monks. Later, more and more of them came to the temple to be fed. Today there are nearly 200 monkeys.

Visitors to the temple often bring with them bananas and other fruits to give the monkeys and have a really good time with them. Another factor that attracts visitors to the temple is the exceptional beauty of the surrounding environment, especially the masterpieces of rocks naturally shaped like a Buddha or a huge elephant prostrating itself and a 100 year old Bodhi tree with its roots penetrating the rocks and the caves. All of these have made the temple an interesting and unique place.

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