Prominently sitting on the top chart of the best seashores in the Southern Central coast, Bình Thuận City featured Vietnam’s King of beaches, Phan Thiet has become a dream-like tropical hide-out for travelers escaping from the frigid Northern Hemisphere. However, there lied a phenomenal historical relic obtaining the hugest Whale skeleton ever found in Southeast Asia that many abroad visitors usually pass through. Vạn Thuỷ Tú Temple will be your next Phan Thiet tours’ focal point.
Phan Thiết – The King of Southern coast
Where is it located?
Vạn Thủy Tú Temple sits at 54 Ngư Ông Street, Đức Thắng Ward, Phan Thiết City, Bình Thuận Province. As mentioned, the street was named “Ngư Ông” as an honored dedication towards the long-established pisciculture of the land, as well as a sacred connection between the native fishermen and God the ocean, Whale. More than just a landmark, Vạn Thuỷ Tú Temple bears a significant history relating to the very first ages when Vietnamese ancestors started their reclamation in the land, which is now broadly known as the kingdom of aquaculture and the making of fish sauce. Accordingly, Phan Thiết now stands out in the best tours in Vietnam list, especially for sea lovers.
Its serene surrounding
Vạn Thuỷ Tú – Home to a 200-year-old Whale skeleton
Vạn Thuỷ Tú Temple was designed and constructed in 1762 including three main segments. The central building is a holy shrine worshipping the God of the Sea, whose local colloquial term named as Nam Hải. The secondary department built at the back of the campus is where you get to be introduced towards the lists of foregoers reclaiming the land of Phan Thiet over 200 ages back. Last but not least, the very façade department is a theater, which was supposed to be held with folklore singing and performances.
The main sacred shrine
In terms of architectural values, Vạn Thuỷ Tú Temple was framed out of a huge archive of precious woods, which were used as pillars and mainstays of the building. Each of the elements and components was beheld with delicate details. Until now, when put on the scale with dozens of other whale temples across the locality, Vạn Thuỷ Tú Temple is referred to as the only one that is able to persist the best initial form of structure. Other than that, the shrine is now preserving various Sino-Chinese cultural documents and artifacts relating to the local aquaculture. A short visit to this site as a Phan Thiet tour for family can be sensed as a great occasion to dive deeply in such a prevailing story of a nation. For those who are about to set foot on the shrine, crossing the three-door entrance gate will be expected to be followed by the two auxiliary buildings on both sides before entering the main temple in the middle.
All the precious wooden pillars
As a cultural belief, whenever the villagers catch sight of a run-aground dead whale, they are expected to hold a death ceremony and pick a good moment to organize a burial service. As recorded, right in front of Vạn Thuỷ Tú Temple lied a large ground which was commonly used as a Whale graveyard. After three years of mourning, the Whalebones would be placed in the temple. For the past 200 years, Vạn Thuỷ Tú Temple has contained over 100 forms of skeletons worshipped, dozens of which are ranked as the biggest whilst one of which is recorded to be the largest one found all over Southeast Asia. To contemplate this sacred site in the fullest way, owning a Vietnam private tour is highly recommended.
The biggest Whale skeleton in Southeast Asia
In addition to its common brand as the King of Southern Central beaches, Phan Thiet City welcomes you with a wide range of local cuisines, such as mini pancakes, dragon fruits, fish sauce, grilled chopped fish, milky young rice cake or fried squid. In the near future, once you decide to join a Phan Thiet tours here, things you must not skip is to pay a visit to this lesser-known landmark and claim these delicacies as souvenirs back home.