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Why Ta Cu Mountain is special ?
Ta Cu Mountain (649 meters above sea level) is located in Tan Lap Village, Ham Thuan Nam District, 30 kilometers south of Phan Thiet. Behind the pagoda is the Lying Sakiyamuni Buddha, a 49 meter concrete Buddha. Here, the scenery is enchanting with a long coast, diverse rocks, and surrounding forest, which make Ta Cu Pagoda appear great and imposing.
What to explore at Ta Cu Mountain?
Recently, a suspended cable system, 1,600m long and 500m high, was set up in Ta Cu Mountain Tourist Area that consists of 35 cable cars and two stations with a transport capacity of 1,000 tourists/hour. This system allows tourists to have a panoramic view of the fairyland scenery of Thuan Nam Town with lush orchards of dragon plants grown in straight lines and ancient trees covered with creepers. At a higher altitude, visitors can see the Ham Thuan An sea and famous Ke Ga Lighthouse near a beautiful stone base by sea waves.
Alighting at the suspended cable station and following a path hundreds of metres long, visitors are surprised by the complex of Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda, towers, Buddhist statues and caves amidst ancient green trees. The pagoda was built between 1870 and 1880 with more than one hundred stone steps from its three-door gate to the sanctum. The pagoda’s roof with the Buddhist architectural style of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) stands out in the blue sky, showing the solemnity of the pagoda.
Following the stone steps, tourists see three Buddhist statues, representing the past, the present and the future. They are Amitabha Buddha, the Goddess of Mercy and Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva which stand imposingly in the greenness of the forest. On the way to discover the beauty of the tourist area, visitors also see a statue of Nirvana, one of the most unique and biggest statues in Southeast Asia. The statue, 49m in length and 11m in height, was made from reinforced concrete and covered with white lime on a stone base, leaning on the mountain. It was built in 1962 and completed after nearly four years.
Every year when spring comes, tourists and Buddhist pilgrims flock to the area to pray for lucks and enjoy the beautiful landscape of yellow apricot blossoms, red erythrina variegate and murmuring streams.
How to get to Ta Cu Mountain?
To get to Ta Cu Mountain from Phan Thiet, just head west on Tran Hung Dao St and keep going for 25 km. The entrance is on the left.
- One of the best trips in the Phan Thiet area
- Good view & nice sculptures
- Worth the walk and the cable car ride
- 30km away from the city center
- A giant Buddha Statue
Ta Cu mountain, Thuan Nam, Binh Thuan, Viet Nam
Tips for you
“Taku = Ta Cu = Linh Son Truong Tho pagoda” TripAdvisor needs to consolidate these 3 listings because they are all the same thing. It makes planning more difficult than it needs to be. That said, this is an attraction that you just HAVE to see in person as pictures do not do it justice. The Reclining Buddha is majestic in it's sheer size! As a added bonus, keep an eye out for swinging monkeys in the nearby jungle! We didn't see any hanging around the actual Buddha but did catch some in the distance.