The island is known - for its pristine beautiful beaches and fine white sand that fascinates visitors. In addition, the air on the island is very fresh like paradise, which is a great destination for those looking to escape the noise and bustle of the city. The road to the Nui Mot pagoda is quite steep and winding, but pay special attention to the cheeky monkeys at the entrance, they try to grab everything!
Although they are called "monkeys at the gate of the Buddha" and used daily by monks they still like to steal away visitors' belongings as a hobby.
From the Nui Mot Pagoda you have a beautiful view of the sea and you look out over the whole city of Con Dao and the bay of Con Son, the An Hai Lake. This is the most beautiful place to see Con Dao from above. At the top of Mot Mountain it is an ideal place to admire the natural panorama of the island.
If you come here at sunset around 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, you can see the sun setting beautifully. The sea is truly beautiful.
The Nui Mot Pagoda in Con Dao is built in a beautiful location east of the island. It is an ideal destination for tourists to relax.
It was completed in 1964 by the Americans. decided to build the pagoda. Supposedly for the spiritual life of family members who worked for the Americans in the administration, civil service or as a soldier on the island. The Americans were responsible for the repression and torture of prisoners on the island.
In 1965, prisoners who received life sentences in Phu Hai prison were ordered to transport materials: sand, stone, cement ... from the base to the top of the mountain. The prisoners protested strongly. When everyone returned in the afternoon, the enemy would not let them eat as usual. Then they selected 63 people who they believed were key figures and set them up in a small cell (quarry), where there was no room to maneuver. There was not enough air to breathe. Many prisoners were then suffocated.
The pagoda is designed with a bold Asian architecture and primarily intended to worship Buddha and Bodhisattvas. After 1975, the pagoda became a place for locals to worship Buddha on the island and was restored and dedicated in 2011.