If you are planning to visit Ha Tien, I suggest you to visit some nice places below :
– MAC CUU FAMILY TOMBS
On a low ridge not far from town are the Mac Cuu Family Tombs (Lang Mac Cuu). They are known locally as Nui Lang, the Hill of the Tombs. Several dozen relatives of Mac Cuu are buried here in traditional Chinese tombs decorated with figures of dragon phoenixes, lions and guardians.
The largest tomb is that of Mac Cuu him-self; it was constructed in 1809 on the orders of Emperor Gia Long and is decorated with finely carved figures of Thanh Long (Green Dragon) and Bach Ho (While Tiger). The tomb of Mac Cuu’s first wife is Hanked by ragons and phoenixes. At the bottom of the ridge is a shrine dedicated to the Mac family.
TAM BAO PAGODA
Founded by Mac Cuu in 1730 is the Tam Bao Pagoda (Sac Tu Tam Bao Tu; 328 D Phuong Thanh; prayers 8-9am & 2-3pm). It is now home to several Buddhist nuns. In front of the pagoda is a statue of Quan The Am Bo Tat standing on a lotus blossom in the middle of a pond. Inside the sanctuary, the largest statue on the dais is of A Di Da, the Buddha of the Past. It is made of bronze, but has been painted. Outside the building are the tombs of 16 monks.
Near Tarn Bao Pagoda is a section of the city wall dating from the early 18th century.
PHU DUNG PAGODA
This pagoda (Phu Cu Am Tu; players 4-5am & 7-8pm) was founded in the mid- 18th century by Mac Thien Tich’s wife, Nguyen Thi Xuan. It is now home to one monk.
In the middle of the main hall is a statue of nine dragons embracing a newly born Thich Ca Buddha. The most interesting statue on the main dais is a bronze Thich Ca Buddha from China. On the hillside behind the main hall are the tombs of Nguyen Thi Xuan and one of her female servants, neaiby are four monks’ tombs.
Behind the main hall is a small temple, Dien Ngoc Hoang, dedicated to the Taoist Jade Ern peror. The figures inside arc of Ngoc Hoang;flanked by Nam Tao, the Taoist God of the Southern Palar Star and the God of Happiness (on the right); and Bac Dao, the Taoist God of the Northern Polar Star and the God of Longevity (on the left). The statues are made of papier-mache moulded ever bamboo frames.
To get to Phu Dung Pagoda, turn off D Phuong Thanh at No 374.
THACH DONG CAVE PAGODA
Also known as Chua Thanh Van, this is a sub terranean Buddhist temple 4km from town.
To the left of the entrance is the Stele of Hatred (Bia Cam Thu), which commemorates the massacre by the Khmer Rouge of 130 peo- pie here on 14 March 1978.
Several of the chambers contain funerary tablets and altars to Ngoc Hoang, Quan The Am Bo Tat and the two Buddhist monks who founded the temples of this pagoda. The wind here creates extraordinary sounds as it blows through the grotto’s passageways. Openings in several branches of the cave afford views of nearby Cambodia.
Aslo take your time to visit Mui Nai beach to enjoy eating seafood then head to the long beach to visit Hang templete with is next to Hon Phu Tu, so do not forget to buy the tickets to get around the Hon Phu Tu. It’s worth seeing. Also visit Da Dung moutain which can be seen on the bottom of the picture above.
How to get to Ha Tien : Take a Mai Linh or Phuong Trang bus to Rach Gia, which takes you 6-7 hours to get to Rach Gia; then take another bus to get to Ha Tien, which takes you 1-1/2 hours to get to Ha Tien, from Rach Gia bus station. There are no direct buses to Ha Tien.
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