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Attractions in Gia Lai

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Bien Ho scenic cluster - tea hill - hundred-year-old pine trees - Buu Minh Pagoda is the most famous destination in Pleiku City.

Tonle Sap

T'Nung Lake (or Bien Ho or Ea Nueng Lake) is a freshwater lake located in Bien Ho commune, 7 km north of the center of Pleiku City. The lake is located in the complex of Bien Ho - Chu Dang Ya eco-tourism area, there is a strip of land running to the middle of the lake to give visitors panoramic views, with green pine forests. This is a famous landmark in Pleiku, a "must visit" place for tourists.

The lake is located at an altitude of 800 m above sea level, almost 300 hectares wide. This place is originally three interconnected craters, the shore of the lake is a raised crater, so even from a distance, it is still clearly visible. Lunar New Year is the most beautiful time of the year to see the Lake.

Tea plantations

The tea hill located near the Tonle Sap Lake, also known as the Tea Lake Beach, covers an area of more than 1,000 hectares, covering a green color of tea leaves all the way to the foot of the surrounding mountains. The tea plantation here has been around since 1919 when the French began to reclaim the Pleiku highlands to grow tea. You should come early in the morning, when the mist still covers the road, the magical scenery or when the sun is just rising, between 7 and 9 o'clock to take good photos.

Hundred-year-old pine

The hundred-year-old pine tree is located next to the Tea Lake Sea, about 12 km from the center of Pleiku. This is a path under the pine canopy nearly 1 km long, planted since 1917 with 101 roots. Everywhere is crowded with tourists and young people coming to take pictures, the people of Pleiku also often run and exercise around this area. The best time to see and take photos with the road is in the early morning, when there is still dew and sunlight shining obliquely through the leaves. Along the pine trees are a few mobile cafes on redecorated old cars, which are relaxing spots for visitors.

Buu Minh Pagoda

Buu Minh is the oldest pagoda in Gia Lai, located in the middle of Ho Tea Beach. The pagoda was built in 1936, originally named Buddhist Hoc Pagoda, then restored and named Buu Minh since 1961. The pagoda has a roof similar to the Central Highlands house, but has the architectural features of Japanese and Korean temples.

Buu Minh is also considered one of the highest peak pagodas in Vietnam. The head of the pagoda roof, the soft tower roof like a carpentry boat, the architecture is of reinforced concrete, the area of the main hall is 520 m2, more than 47 m high. On major holidays, this place is quite crowded with indigenous people to visit, pray for peace.

Minh Thanh Pagoda

Located on a hill 2 km from the city center, Minh Thanh Pagoda was built in 1964 and has become a familiar place of pilgrimage and worship of local people. The 20,000 m2 pagoda consists of many buildings designed with curved roofs, whose architecture closely resembles Japanese temples.

The statue of Guanyin Buddha is placed in the center of the entrance door and decorated with trees, stone pillars, and a symmetrical unicorn statue in exquisitely carved stone, 7.5 m high, weighing 40 tons. The temple grounds are large, decorated with miniatures, stone statues, and intricately carved wooden materials. In addition, the temple also has green spaces designed specifically by monks with trees and miniatures that make the atmosphere fresh and pure.

Chu Dang Ya Volcano

Located about 30 km from Pleiku City, Chu Dang Ya is a volcano formed and survived over millions of years. After erupting all the lava flows, Chu Dang Ya volcano has "dormant" and become a famous attraction. Around this area, flowers and greenery in four seasons are lush. Standing on Chu Dang Ya crater, visitors will see a panoramic view of Pleiku City. Currently, the road leading to the foot of the volcano has been paved with concrete, convenient to move. To reach the top, visitors can climb or rent a motorbike taxi for about 100,000 VND.

In late October and early November each year, wild anemone flowers bloom along the way and around the volcanic area.

K50 Falls

K50 Waterfall (also known as Hang En Waterfall) is located in Kon Chu Rang Nature Reserve, K'Bang District, northern Gia Lai province, about 150 km from the center of Pleiku City. The best season to explore the falls is from May 3 to 6 every year when it is sunny, does not rain and the falls flow smoothly. Visitors can go on day trips from Pleiku but on the advice of many, it is recommended to stay in the vicinity overnight, or camp in the reserve.

The waterfall is called Hang En because behind the water is home to many species of swallows. The name K50 refers to the 50 m height of the falls. Previously, to reach the falls, visitors needed to cross the forest for about 8 hours, but now there are more concrete roads, allowing motorbikes to enter near the foot of the falls. At the end of the concrete road, visitors walk about 20 minutes to come. Visitors are required to equip long-sleeved clothing, high socks and walking sticks to avoid insects and snakes.

Yaly Hydroelectric Power Station

Yaly is located in the hydropower system on the Se San River, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Gia Lai province, nearly 40 km from the center of Pleiku. The scenery on the road from the city to the hydropower is beautiful, with many primeval forests, hills and rivers. The plant, built in 1993, is the second largest hydropower project in Vietnam, after the Da River. Yaly Hydropower is associated with Yaly Waterfall, once one of the largest and most beautiful waterfalls in Vietnam with a height of 42 m, charming scenery.

According to VnE

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