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Our Lady Cave hidden in Con Dao jungle

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To reach the cave of Our Lady hidden in the forest, visitors need to cross the primeval forest and stone steps.

Hidden in Con Dao National Park, Our Lady Cave is where French colonists found and placed statues dedicated to Mary to pray during the years of occupation of the island in the 19th century. In the past, this was a place where Catholic fishermen prayed every time they set sail.

Our Lady Cave is located in the primeval forest of the national park, so few tourists know about it. Coming to Con Dao, people mainly travel spiritually to temples, pagodas and resorts, not many people choose to experience ecology in the national park.

The national park is located about 3 km from the town, from here visitors go directly to Vo Thi Sau, Huynh Thuc Khang street, when they see the sign, turn right, go to the management room to buy tickets for 60,000 VND. After that, visitors riding motorbikes for a few hundred meters will see signs to go to Our Lady cave, Bang beach, Dat Tham beach, leave the car and start the journey to climb the stone steps.

The distance to find Our Lady cave can be considered a short trekking course, when visitors have to pass through primeval forests and stone steps, many sections are a bit difficult to walk. However, the short stretch, only about 400 meters, when looking at the signage and landmark inscribed in French "Grotte de N.D.L." (Our Lady's Cave), going in the direction the arrow points to.

Cột mốc bằng đá chỉ dẫn ghi bằng tiếng Pháp. Ảnh: Nguyễn Khải Trung

In the tranquil air of the mountains and forests, visitors can easily see the light emanating from the cave. Outside the creeper surrounding the cave entrance, inside there is an altar, placing statues of Our Lady and Jesus on the cross, flowers and candles. Because the cave was shallow and small, upon entering, Kai Trung noticed that the space was open and dry. If lighting candles, after sightseeing, visitors need to blow them out before leaving.

To visit the cave of Our Lady, it is necessary to prepare good health, water and snacks, comfortable clothing. If you still have enough strength, you can explore other places in the national park, mainly pristine beaches such as Bang beach, Dat Tham beach, Ong Dang beach, Hot Suoi beach ... or continue climbing to the peaks, exploring Dam Tre Bay. On the way to visit, visitors can meet many endemic animals of Con Dao such as long-tailed macaques, black squirrels ...

According to VnE

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