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Discover the Spiritual Sanctuary of Vung Chua-Yen Island, Quang Binh

Vung Chua-Yen Island is not just a famous spiritual tourist destination, but it also captivates travelers with its awe-inspiring natural beauty and serene landscapes. The island's majestic charm and peaceful atmosphere offer a unique and enchanting experience, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking tranquility and a touch of the divine.


Vung Chua-Yen Island, nestled in Tho Son village, Quang Dong commune, Quang Trach district, is a picturesque destination in Quang Binh province, Vietnam. This serene island is sheltered by the three surrounding islands of Hon La, Hon Gio, and Hon Nom, providing a haven for boats during stormy weather.

A 10-hour drive from Hanoi, Vung Chua – Yen Island offers a tranquil escape for nature lovers. Photo: Zing News

Just a few kilometers off the coast of Vung Chua lies the enchanting Yen Island, home to a thriving colony of salanganes. Visitors can enjoy the island’s long sandy beach and lush greenery all year round. With its pristine coastline, Vung Chua-Yen Island invites travelers to take a dip in the cool waters and soak in the peaceful, poetic atmosphere.

For those traveling by car, Vung Chua – Yen Island is a 10-hour drive from Hanoi, offering a tranquil escape from the bustling city life.

According to local folklore, the name Vung Chua (Pagoda Pool) originates from a centuries-old pagoda that once stood here, nestled in a quiet and serene setting akin to a peaceful pool. Unfortunately, only the foundation of the pagoda remains today.

Vung Chua – Yen Island captivates visitors with its untouched natural beauty. Photo: Zing News

Yen Island, originally known as “Hon Nom” or South Wind Island due to its wind direction, earned its current name from the abundant salanganes that make their homes here.

The region has gained popularity as the final resting place of military genius, Vo Nguyen Giap, attracting visitors not only for its connection to the admired general but also for its pristine natural beauty.

Travelers can easily reach General Vo Nguyen Giap’s Grave by car, bus, or motorbike via the 1A highway, located north of Dong Hoi City’s center. As they approach the Vung Chua – Yen Island area, a striking white stone statue of the general greets them by the roadside. From there, it’s a pleasant 2km walk to the general’s resting place.

The grave of General Vo Nguyen Giap, a revered military leader, has become a popular tourist attraction. Photo: Zing News

The grave of General Vo Nguyen Giap holds significant spiritual importance in Quang Binh province. It serves as a place for people to pay homage and express their gratitude to the talented general, who played a pivotal role in the national liberation and unification movement. The tomb stands as a symbol of the Vietnamese people’s willpower, energy, and patriotism, reflecting their aspirations for peace, independence, and unity.

General Vo Nguyen Giap’s grave is a testament to the patriotism and willpower of the Vietnamese people. Photo: Zing News

Vung Chua-Yen Island boasts a captivating landscape with majestic mountains, gentle ocean waves, and charming scenery. Its natural beauty, combined with nearby attractions like Ngang Pass and Princess Lieu Hanh Temple, creates a compelling spiritual tourist route steeped in traditional cultural values.

Quang Binh, Vietnam, has emerged as a sought-after destination for travelers seeking breathtaking natural wonders, thrilling activities, and delectable local cuisine. The region’s untouched landscapes and diverse attractions make it a unique and captivating place to explore.

Quang Binh captivates visitors with its majestic mountains and pristine beaches. Photo: Zing News

Located on Vietnam’s north-central coast, Quang Binh shares borders with Quang Tri to the south, Ha Tinh to the north, and Bien Dong to the east. Despite its relatively small size, covering just over 8,000 square kilometers, Quang Binh is known as the “Kingdom of Caves,” boasting 404 stunning caves, breathtaking beaches, and untamed mountains.

The province is renowned for its UNESCO World Heritage Site, Phong Nha Cave, and the awe-inspiring Son Doong Cave, the largest cave in the world. Beyond its mysterious caves, Quang Binh also offers beautiful beaches like Nhat Le and Da Nhay, as well as significant religious sites that draw visitors from far and wide.

With a monsoon climate, Quang Binh experiences two distinct seasons: the dry season from April to August and the rainy season from September to March. The best time to visit Quang Binh Province is from March to September, when the weather is ideal for outdoor adventures and exploring the region’s natural wonders.

Charlotte Pho
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