Van Thuy Tu temple
Van Thuy Tu temple
Van Thuy Tu temple

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Price: 7,000VND-15,000VND

Phone: 02523 820 362

Time to visit a place: 120 phút

Open Time: 7:00 AM - Close Time: 5:00 PM

Email: vanthuytu@gmail.com

Address: 54 Ngư Ông Phường Đức Thắng, Thành phố Phan Thiết, Binh Thuan Provice

Van Thuy Tu, the most famous whale temple in Binh Thuan province, is situated in Ngu Ong St., Duc Thang ward, Phan Thiet city. This temple was built by fishermen to worship their Ca Ong (Lord Whale) – the deity of Nam Hai. Van Thuy Tu is not only the largest but also the oldest whale temple in Binh Thuan. Since the construction of Van Thuy Tu was finished in 1762, the temple had existed for two and a half centuries.   Apart from more than one hundred whale skeletons preserved in a glass-fronted room, the temple houses many valuable documents and artifacts, such as the antique bronze bell, terracotta statues, incense-table, horizontal lacquered board and 24 decrees bestowed on by the Nguyen dynasty. However, the most attractive thing to tourists in Van Thuy Tu is the largest whale skeleton in Vietnam and South-east Asia, which is 22 meters long. It is said that the whale weighted over 65 tons when “he” was alive. Like other fishermen in Vietnam, fishermen in Binh Thuan have a strong belief in their deity of Nam Hai – Ca Ong (Lord Whale). Whales are always considered as guardian angels that will protect fisherman from dangers of the sea. ... View more

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Van Thuy Tu, the most famous whale temple in Binh Thuan province, is situated in Ngu Ong St., Duc Thang ward, Phan Thiet city. This temple was built by fishermen to worship their Ca Ong (Lord Whale) – the deity of Nam Hai. Van Thuy Tu is not only the largest but also the oldest whale temple in Binh Thuan. Since the construction of Van Thuy Tu was finished in 1762, the temple had existed for two and a half centuries.

  Apart from more than one hundred whale skeletons preserved in a glass-fronted room, the temple houses many valuable documents and artifacts, such as the antique bronze bell, terracotta statues, incense-table, horizontal lacquered board and 24 decrees bestowed on by the Nguyen dynasty. However, the most attractive thing to tourists in Van Thuy Tu is the largest whale skeleton in Vietnam and South-east Asia, which is 22 meters long. It is said that the whale weighted over 65 tons when “he” was alive.

Like other fishermen in Vietnam, fishermen in Binh Thuan have a strong belief in their deity of Nam Hai – Ca Ong (Lord Whale). Whales are always considered as guardian angels that will protect fisherman from dangers of the sea. There are so many mysterious stories about whales saving fishermen from tremendous hurricanes. Those stories, despite some enlivenment, have reliable witnesses - the returned survivors. Therefore, when a dead whale washed ashore, fishermen will have busy days. Normally, they will hold a solemn funeral, mourn a lot and then carefully bury the hallowed corpse. Three years afterwards, fishermen will exhume the skeleton and carry it to a shrine, where it will be worshiped forever.

   More than that, fishermen yearly organize a festival name “Cau Ngu” (Whale Worshipping Festival) to pray for smooth sailing, good weather and good fishing harvest. They strongly believe in the sacredness of their deity of Nam Hai, and think that “he” can make their wishses come true. By the same token, fishermen in Hue, Da Nang, Phu Yen… also annually held this festival. Cau Ngu festival is orgainzed in different time of a year in different localities. In Van Thuy Tu, Cau Ngu Festival is organized on June 20 of Lunar calendar each year with solemn rites, traditional folk songs as well as typical games of coastal residents.
 If you want to know anything about Cau Ngu Festival, about the traditional rites of Lord Whale’s funeral and especially, about true stories of how and when Lord Whale save fishermen’s lives, you can always come to Van Thuy Tu to figure it out.

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