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Ta Cu Mountain - Attractive and Unique Tourist Site - (30/06/2015)

(Muinetourism.vn).- Located about 30km from Phan thiet city, Ta Cu mountain is one of the most popular tourist sites of Binh Thuan province. Visitors come to Ta Cu not only to admire the natural beauty of mountains and forests with rich vegetation but also to visit Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda, which has the Asia's biggest statue of reclining Buddha on a mountain top.

(Photo: Nguyen Vu)

Enchanting wild nature
There are two ways to conquer and explore Ta Cu mountain. Depending on the taste and health, visitors can enjoy the scenery and natural air here in their own ways. For those who are healthy and adventurous, the climb up to the mountain is an extremely great choice. This way, you can enjoy the fresh mountain atmosphere and abundant vegetation. On the road to the mountain top, occasionally, you may encounter some lovely animals and hear birds gently chirping.
Besides, seeing the primeval jungle from cable car is another option for tourists. When viewing Ta Cu mountain from above, you will have a pleasurable feeling seeing the extraordinary combination between mountain, sea and sky. On the mountain’s back, big trees of many different kinds and shapes stand tall and proudly.
Famous spiritual tourist attraction
Ta Cu Mountain is not just famous for its ecosystem, it is a well-know spiritual tourist attraction. Located halfway up the mountain, Linh Son Truong Tho pagoda attracts a large number of tourists every year. This pagoda was founded in 1870-1880 by Patriarch Tran Huu Duc. Whoever visits the pagoda would be surprised by its unique architecture as well as by interesting stories and legends associated with this place.
After the first stage by road or cable car, visitors will have to walk through a lot of stairs to reach the entrance of the pagoda. Here, clean air of the mountains and cool ocean breeze will stimulate all your senses, make your mind and body relaxed and comforted. Rested a little bit, then you are ready to make a small sightseeing tour around this place. You can go inside halls of the pagoda to bow to the Buddha if you want to.
Proceed to the stairs, you will see a group of three buddha statues: Amitabha Buddha (7m height)Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva and Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva (both 6.5m height).

(Photo: Nguyen Vu)

Follow the trail up the mountain, visitors can admire a massive and unique work - an imposing statue, which is 49m length and 11m high, describing Shakyamuni Buddha entering nirvana, lying on one side, back against the mountain and head resting on hand. This is the Southeast Asia's largest statue of Sakyamuni Buddha entering nirvana. The statue’s construction was started in 1962 and completed in 1966. Leaving the Buddha statue, walk along the path of sprawling rocks and medicinal plants, you will reach a cave containing many mysteries with the legendary story of the founder. The cave, made of rocks, is about 100m deep and connected with other mountains.
Ta Cu mountain tourist site will leave truly unforgettable emotions to tourists. This is a great place for trekking, a seductive and romantic sight, and at the same time, a fascinating spiritual tourist attraction.
Thinh Nguyen – Hong Anh


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