Van Thuy Tu Communal House

Van Thuy Tu Communal House, Phan Thiet

Van Thuy Tu Communal House
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28 reviews
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Sigrid L
Oslo, Norway134 contributions
Whales
Mar 2019 • Couples
A skeleton of a whale is the museum. Plus a kind of a graveyard outside. Perhaps this is a little too little even for the most enthusiastic tourists.

Well, we were the only visitors.
Written April 1, 2019
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moki786
Durban, South Africa619 contributions
Whale temple
Apr 2018 • Couples
Or guide informed us that when whales die after beaching the locals chop them up and bury them. After 3 years they are dug up and the bones brought to this temple. The believe that the whales save people from death at sea etc. If you have time visit if not you won't be missing much!
Written April 4, 2018
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cherriesfan_9
Cheltenham, UK6,776 contributions
To our uninformed eyes it is dark, mysterious, bewildering and quite surreal
Dec 2017 • Couples
Never in my widest dreams did i imagine that i would be looking at skeletons of huge Fin Whales in a Temple in Vietnam. But that is the essence of the "Fisherman's" temple and of their beliefs.
Totally bizarre, slightly naive and equally fascinating - this sacred place dates from 1760's ( and really looks like every year of it). With many inexplicable articles (to us) it is quite an amazing temple, tucked away in a back street. There were a number of local people at prayer and this is not an amusing relic to them, but to our, possibly uninformed eyes, it remains dark, mysterious, bewildering and quite surreal.
I would have liked to know more about the place and particularly, how it survived the hard communist years after the fall of the Saigon government.
Written December 31, 2017
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John W
7 contributions
Sacred temple
Dec 2017
This is a sacred temple for respecting Whales from local fishermen. Plan your visit here to see the old house, nicely designed.
Written December 14, 2017
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andrewprime001
Paris, France9 contributions
Sacred place
Jan 2017
Worth seeing, know more about local respect to god of whales, need to negotiate with taxi drivers for getting there in the shortest way.
Written January 8, 2017
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Jcook92
New York City, NY123 contributions
Interesting place, lovely people
Jul 2016 • Family
We entered the first part of the building and there was a huge whale reconstructed from the bones. It was impressive because it wasn't suspended in the air, you were walking next to it. After this we walked into the temple. The man working in the temple very nicely stopped the work he was doing to walk us through. We prayed at the alter, viewed the whale bones that were stored in the back, and he let us get up and close with the boats they were making. In a few weeks they were going to have a festival and release the boats onto the ocean. This man was in the process of making a third boat. They were beautiful and very detailed.
Don't forget to admire the beautiful trees in the courtyard.

All in all, this place was definitely worth a visit.

bathrooms - not great but functional
no food
Written August 23, 2016
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Tiffany_HuyenVo
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam15 contributions
huge bone ever
Jun 2016 • Couples
this is the place store the largest whale bone i have ever seen before. next to this place is a pagoda.
Written June 17, 2016
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PiMa2909
Cao Lanh, Vietnam524 contributions
Hire a bike then ride your own trip to the temple! :)
Jan 2016 • Couples
It's not so far away from Mui Ne (nor Phan Thiet city), it's quite easy to hire a scooter there if you know how to ride one (and be aware of the citizen people there, they ain't seemed like good riders at all). It's placed on a small street - Van Thuy Tu street that you might need to look up on the map for more than twice to see where it is. By the way It's worth a try, 10,000vnd and the security guy there are quite friendly too! (0.5 dollars for a ticket).
Written March 1, 2016
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Chris101111
Auckland, New Zealand1,073 contributions
Whale worship.
Aug 2015 • Solo
This temple was built in 1762 to honour a legendary whale, it's skeleton is 22 meters long thought to be the biggest in South East Asia, it's very neat to see.
Hard to find but well worth the effort, there are also other culture relics in the museum, I recommend a visit here.
Written August 14, 2015
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