"The next day we rented a scooter and drove around the part of Vung Tau. Watched the lighthouse, the Jesus statue, the beaches and just enjoyed it! After our tour we lay down on the beach, this was great. In the evening we went out to eat at a super nice restaurant on the water with all Vietnamese."
The Christ statue of Vung Tau
Vung Tau - is not only famous for its beautiful coast, or beaches, resorts, baths, food and drink .... However, there are two more fun attractions, including the old French lighthouse and the statue of Christ, built on the Nui Nho Mountain (Mount Tao Phung or Small Mountain). The lighthouse is on one side of the mountain; the Christ statue on the other side.
Initially, the Christ statue was built on the cape of Nghinh Phong. However, it was moved later. This great statue of Jesus is one of the largest in the world. It is bigger than its illustrious Brazilian cousin.
The Vung Tau lighthouse was built by the French in 1862. It plays an important role in guiding merchant ships safely to the port of Vung Tau. Initially, the Vung Tau lighthouse was located at an altitude of 149 m above sea level on top of Mount Nui. But in 1913, the lighthouse was torn down and rebuilt in a different location nearby, but now the lighthouse was about 21 meters higher than it was at its old position.
To date, the Vung Tau lighthouse is considered one of the oldest lighthouses in Vietnam in particular and Southeast Asia in general. Vung Tau lighthouse along with the statue of Christ and Thich Ca Phat Dai have long become famous symbols of Vung Tau tourism.
The Vung Tau lighthouse is 18 m high and 3 m in diameter. It is built in a cylindrical architecture and painted all white. Inside the Vung Tau lighthouse is a spiral staircase, which leads to the top. At the top of the lighthouse is a strong lamp with lenses. Once upstairs there is a small door that leads to the balcony. From the balcony, visitors can admire the panoramic beauty of the city of Vung Tau at a high altitude. The road from the base of Nui Nho to the Vung Tau lighthouse is quite wide and paved. Although it is a bit steep, it is also passable. Most vehicles, from motorbikes to cars, can simply drive up.
The round lighthouse
Next to the Vung Tau lighthouse, you should not miss an extremely famous construction, the statue of Christ - one of the symbols associated with the beautiful city of Vung Tau. The Statue of Christ is a monument to Jesus built on a lower peak (one of the two highest peaks) of Little Mountain. In 2012, the statue of Christ Vung Tau was proclaimed "the greatest statue of Jesus in Asia".
The image of Christ was established by the Catholic Church in 1974. After the completion of the first phase, it was suspended due to the war. In 1992, under the supervision of the People's Committee of Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province, the statue of Christ was restored, built and completed.
A view from the shoulder
The Christ statue has a total height of 32m. The longest width of the statue are two spread arms with a length of 18.4 meters. The statue stands on a pedestal surrounded by 12 apostles.
Inside the statue is a staircase of 133 steps leading spirally to the neck of the statue. From here, visitors can "breathe" on the shoulder through the arm of the statue and admire the beautiful surroundings and Vung Tau from above. Standing in the hands of the Christ statue with the refreshing sea breeze, it will certainly give visitors an unforgettable feeling.
There are approximately 1000 steps from the entrance of the statue to the base of the Christ statue. To reach the base of the Christ statue, visitors can only follow the stairs. Along the way, there is often a stop for tourists to rest and admire the surroundings.
In addition to these two very popular attractions of the lighthouse and the statue of Christ, visitors can return to Vung Tau. On the way back you can enjoy coffee with a view of the sea in one of the many restaurants at the foot of the Nui Nho. Of course you can also have lunch or dinner here.