Attraction Duong Dong River, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam Published on: 13-11-2015
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Dinh Cau Rock (Cau Temple) is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Dinh Cau Rock (Cau Temple) is special ?
The holy temple, which was established in the 17th century, is located on the unique location of a majestic stone edge overlooking the sea where waves lap high making for a spectacular view. There is a balcony where tourists can admire numerous large rocks in monstrous shapes that people can imagine in anyway they want.
Legends of Cau temple:
People in Phu Quoc once lived by fishing. Many fishermen, while going out to sea, encountered raging waves and they never returned. One day, the local saw a stone slab emerged on the white sand shore. It was considered as a strange omen, the community at Duong Dong established a temple named Cau on the stone slab to worship the God of the sea to shelter them from danger when setting sail. Cau has thenceforth been regarded as the sublime God of the sea and had ability to save and help fishermen when they are in danger.
Some people thought that Cau, who was a mandarin under a certain reign, deserved well of the local. So, they set up the temple to commemorate him.
However, Cau temple does not only attract tourists by mysterious legends but also the unique beauty. Along Duong Dong beach, tourists will come up on stone steps to visit Cau temple and enjoy the sea view. The inner on the temple is a masterpiece of ancient sophisticated architecture. The front looks over the vast sea. The left is a boundless smooth white sand beach with rows of oblique coconuts. The right is the harbor of densely tied-up boats. Especially, from the stone slab, tourists can revel in seeing the sunset on Duong Dong beach – a fascinating painting that is rarely seen from beaches in the land. The sunlight on late daytime embellishes silver waves with a dark yellow color.
What to explore at Dinh Cau Rock (Cau Temple)?
Once arriving at the foot of the stone edge, tourists should walk the 29 steps to get to the temple which worships Cau a deity who apparently controls the sea and helps fishermen and their boats out of storms. That’s why fishermen usually come here to pray for peace and success prior to their trips. From the temple tourists can close their eyes listening to the waves or admiring a beautiful sky sparkling on the sea surface. Looking to the right side tourists can watch an animated Duong Dong Port where hundreds of boats are anchoring or a peaceful beach with yellow, soft sand and pure water on the left side.
From the temple tourists can even see a busy Duong Dong Market far, far away. When the sun is setting it’s time for squid-catching junks to get to work. Dozens of lights bobbing on the sea make a fanciful scene to many people.
Each year on big holidays and Lunar New Year, local people and fishermen gather at the temple especially on the 15th and 16th day of the lunar October for a huge festival.
How to get to Dinh Cau Rock (Cau Temple)?
From the center of Duong Dong Town, tourists stroll on April 30 Street then turn left to Bach Dang Street for about 200 meters to get to the temple, where the sea, sand, sunlight and stones mingle into a romantic landscape.
- “Breathtaking sunset!”
- “Worth a quick visit”
- “Most visited Temple”
Duong Dong River, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
Tips for you
Took the opportunity to check this site out just as the sun was setting. The sunset was so beautiful as we looked over the water and the horizon. It was an amazing view and well worth the time that it took us to get to this location. It was not crowded the day we were there but just busy. Everyone there was enjoying the view with no pressure of feeling the need to rush away.