Phu Quoc Landmarks

Phu Quoc Landmarks
UPDATED: 25 Jul 2015 2 Views

Phu Quoc Island has an many man made cultural and historical landmarks and memorials that you can easily visit when you tour around the island. See our Touring Map for the exact locations.

Dinh Cau Rock 

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One of the many attractions in Phu Quoc is Dinh Cau Rock, which is located at the mouth of the Duong Dong River. It is a combination of Buddhist temple and lighthouse that was built in 1937 as a dedication to Thien Hau (the Goddess of the sea) who provides protection for the fisherman and vessels that head out to the open waters. Climbing the steps allows a better view of many fishing boats navigating the narrow river opening, as well as views along the coast. The beachfront here also is a good place to view the sunset and local life in the evenings.

Coconut Tree Prison (Nha Lao Cay Dua Prison)

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One of Phu Quoc historical sites which is still partially in use today is Coconut Tree Prison located about 5kms north of An Thoi Town. The prison was built by the French colonial administration before World War II and was later used by the Americans during the Vietnam War to house tens of thousands of prisoners, in its heyday covered an area of over 40 hectares housing an estimated peak of 40,000 VC prisons during the Vietnam War. Across the road from the prison there is a large commemorative monument, with plans to build a decent museum, to replace the small shed that currently exists there (open Tues - Sun 7.30am to 11am & 1.30pm to 5pm).

War Memorial

The War Memorial is located opposite Coconut Tree Prison as a commemorative monument to this official heritage site. It is located in the southern part of the island 5kms north of An Thoi town. It's found just beside the roadway on the hill and consists of three abstract wave forms, in which the middle wave has a human shape cut out.