Van Thuy Tu Temple

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This temple was built in 1762 to honour a legendary whale, which was believed to save fishermen caught in bad weather at sea. The main attraction is the 22-metre long whale skeleton thought to be the biggest in Southeast Asia. Whale worship is said to have originated in Khmer and Cham cultures, but it is still practised in Vietnam today. Various Chinese and Vietnamese cultural relics and around 100 whale skeletons are stored at the temple.

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According to local sources, the last whale funeral was held in 2002.

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Phan Thiet
Distance to City Center: 1 km
Distance to Airport: 155 km
Distances are approximate
Opening hour:
  • From 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

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