Dinh Cau Temple is the most highlighted attraction of the town, boasting an impressive architecture which is considered as the symbol of Phu Quoc. Lying just offshore Dinh Cau Beach, you can expect a breath-taking sight of sunset here while enjoy a cup of coffee in a café nearby.
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Dinh Cau Temple is one of the places you must visit in Phu Quoc, not only for its spectacular landscape but also for its significant cultural values.
The temple is located on an odd-shaped natural rock formation on the beach of Dong Duong town. This is the temple fishermen come to pray to before embarking on fishing excursions. Together with the lighthouse and Buddhist shrine, the temple is located next to Duong Dong fishing harbor.
Dinh Cau Temple is built in 1937 to commemorate Thien Hau (sea goddess) whom the people believe provides protection for fishermen heading out to the sea. From Dinh Cau beach, you will have to climb 28 winding stone steps to reach the temple. It’s would be fantastic to watch the sunset on the rooftop terrace. From here you can see the vast ocean, the fishing boats and surrounding islets.
Dinh Cau Beach & Dinh Cau Night Market
At the foot of Dinh Cau Rock is the Dinh Cau beach which is not really long but decent enough to have a quiet time for relaxing.
In the past, there is Dinh Cau night market nearby offering a plenty sight of seafood and street foods but in recently the market has gone. The only night market on Phu Quoc island you can find is at Bach Dang street.
Annual festivals are the times when Dinh Cau temple becomes the liveliest – Tet (New Year) and Dinh Cau festival (15th -16th day of 10thmonth lunar year). Dinh Cau temple is an occasion for local people to pay respect and send prayers to Thien Hau, wishing for good fortune, safety and prosperity.
Dinh Cau Temple is not only a place for taking photos but also a place you can enjoy the peaceful life of the locals. It’s unique and beautiful and one of the spots you can’t miss of Duong Dong town.