Coi Nguon Museum is one of the largest private collections in Vietnam and definitely worth a visit if you are interested in the history, culture and nature of Phu Quoc Island.
Bảo Tàng Cội Nguồn or Coi Nguon Museum is located on 149 Trần Hưng Đạo, not too far from Dương Đông to the South.
Coi Nguon Museum is open for visitors from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Entrance fee: VND 20,000
How far goes the dedication of a private collector? Huynh Phuoc Hue worked as a tourguide in the past, and about 18 years ago he started his amazing collection of exhibits concerning Phu Quoc Island. Today, the exhibition area consists of four floors in the ornate building that sometimes has a slightly labyrinthic character and offers an insight to Phu Quoc history.
Geology, biology, culture and spirituality - every facet of life on Phu Quoc Island is covered. Bottles exhibit samples of sand from all the beaches, two skeletons and several pictures of dugong, together with oysters, pearls, corals and turtles form the marine section on the ground floor of Coi Nguon Museum.
Cuts of the various species of trees from the Phu Quoc National Park, as well as a shrine to the old king and a small section of native medicine and natural remedies complete this section of the museum.
Upstairs you can inspect ancient pottery and beautiful porcelain work, old coins and banknotes, more shrines and a reconstructed hut of the early dwellers on Phu Quoc Island that offers an insight into their daily life. Over 2,500 UNESCO-inspected items of pottery are on exhibition as well, some of them dating back to the 15th century.
Like in many museums in Vietnam, numerous artifacts in Coi Nguon Museum are not protected by glass windows or other barriers. Please don’t touch the exhibits!
Folk art from the ancient times to the present shows how the people worked and what their daily life involved. Especially the ceramic paintings are exceptionally informative and beautiful as well.
One niche is reserved for pictures from the Phu Quoc Prison, not as sobering as a visit to the prison itself, but makes you think about the 4,000 people who lost their lives there.
Various shrines offer an insight into the beliefs of the islanders and their cultural and spiritual life. A section features native costumes in a rainbow of enchanting colors.
The outside section includes the sea bird sanctuary, home of several threatened sea eagles, as well as a section dedicated to the Phu Quoc Ridgeback dogs.
Coi Nguon Museum includes a souvenir shop as well, a restaurant and a resort with pool and temple. You can learn more about the Museum on Phu Quoc Island on the official website.