A Southwest Trip to Explore the An Giang of Seven Sacred Mountains

An Giang is famous for its seven beautiful and sacred mountains that attract numerous tourists every year.

The An Giang Seven Mountains is the name of seven typical mountains out of 37 mountains stretching along the southwest borderline passing through 4 districts of An Giang province including Tri Tôn, Tịnh Biên, Thoại Sơn, and Châu Đốc. Referring to the famous Seven Mountains (also known as Thất Sơn), people always think of a sacred land containing many thrilling and mysterious stories revolving around hidden wizards, the residents, and wild beasts. According to many ancient documents, the seven representatives of the mountains in this region are Thiên Cấm Sơn, Ngũ Hồ Sơn, Anh Vũ Sơn, Ngoạ Long Sơn, Liên Hoa Sơn, Phụng Hoàng Sơn, and Thuỷ Đài Sơn. To the overseas Vietnamese tourist wanting to visit the homeland after years of departing, these destinations are definitely worth  visiting.

To the overseas Vietnamese tourist wanting to visit the homeland after years of departing, these destinations are definitely worth  visiting.

The Heaven’s Forbidden Mountain

Thiên Cấm Sơn (the Cấm Mountain)

Laying within the area of An Hảo commune, Tịnh Biên district, the Cấm Mountain has an altitude of 705 meters, leading the highest mounts of Mekong Deltar with Bồ Hong peak being the highest peak among the Seven Mountains. The place posses a majestic appearance, cool climate, scenic view covered by the green of trees. Coming to Thiên Cấm Sơn, visitors could explore unique architectural works such as Phật Lớn Pagoda, Vạn Linh Pagoda, Bồ Hong Shrine, Thủy Liêm Lake, giant Maitreya Buddha statue, Lâm Viên tourist area, etc. Besides, there are engaging activities that offer great experiences for a visit, such as hiking, caves exploring, stream bathing.

An overview of Vạn Linh Pagoda.
The road to Forbidden Mountain.
 The 26.5m Avalokiteśvara Statue on the Cấm Mountain’s peak.

Five Wells Mountain

Ngũ Hồ Sơn

In Phú Hòa hamlet, An Phú commune, Tịnh Biên district, near Nhà Bàng town, standing a tourist attraction called Five Wells Mountain with a specific beauty bearing the legend of five fairy wells on the top of the mountain. By contrast with its dangerous terrain and various large rocks, the place has a marvellous scenery. The way to the mountain goes through thickset timberland of green trees, mixed with colourful forest flowers bloomed all year round, especially the melastomas and purple crepe myrtles. Also, the mountain is blessed with a fruit forest offering many kinds of specialties in which the scramberry (runeala plum) leaves the most significant impression. Notable places to visit on this mountain are The Jade Emperor Shrine, Breeze Ravine, five wells.

The Parrot Mountain

Anh Vũ Sơn

Belonging to Thới Sơn commune, Tịnh Biên district, laying a mountain with a giant rock protruded on the western top, at about one hundred meters high (from the foothills) that elicited an imagine parrot’s head. Figuratively, people called it the Parrot Mountain. The mountain has an hourglass shape, with a height of 225 meters, and a length and wide of more than 1100 meters. Gradually going up, there are places worth visiting, such as Fairy Yard, Fairy Well, shrine of the Heaven Gods (serving the Jade Emperor), Jade Emperor shrine, Ba Cô shrine, U Minh shrine (the shrine describe the afterlife world), etc. and the most typical is “the Parrot Beak” with countless folklores.

 The parrot-head-like rock

The Longest Mountain

Ngọa Long Sơn

Ngọa Long Sơn is located in the area of ​​3 communes of Châu Lăng, Lương Phi, Lê Trì and Ba Chúc town in Tri Tôn district. This is the longest mountain in the Seven Mountains with a length of about 8000 meters, and a height of 580 meters. Currently, in this mountain, there are many kinds of birds and wild animals along with precious long service life woods such as Keruing Yang, Lagerstroemia, Lauraceae, Cinnamon, Mahogany, etc. The vitality green shade of monastery bamboo, forest bamboo, and ear leaf acacia covers the whole road to the mountain. Here, visitors would also enjoy the specialties of palmyra fruit.

The Lotus Mountain (Elephant Mountain)

Liên Hoa Sơn (Núi Tượng)

In Ba Chuc town, Tri Ton district, nestling the Lotus Mountain that is only 145 meters high and 600 meters long. In the Seven Mountain range, this is the second smallest mountain, just after Thủy Đài Sơn (Water Mountain). From a distance, it has an elephant liked shape that made people named it Elephant Mountain. Having many deep rock caves and various stories and legends with magical elements, the Lotus Mountain is said to be the most creepy place with a warning not to stay overnight.

Phoenix Mountain

Phụng Hoàng Sơn (Cô Tô Mountain)

Inside Cô Tô commune, Tri Tôn district, there was a legend of many phoenixes nested upon a mountain that left traces until now. For that reason, people named that mount the Phoenix Mountain. This is one of the beautiful mountains of the Seven Mountain range, which is 614m high, 5800m long, and 3700m wide. This place has an underground cave system that is like a huge, solid honeycomb. On the mountain, there are some destinations to visit such as Đức Dục Hill, Soài So Lake, the Ship Tip, the Sea Tip, the Small Vồ Hội rock, Cây giông Stream, the Fortress and Fairy Foot.

The ripe rice field beside Cô Tô mountain

Thủy Đài Sơn (Water Mountain)

Thủy Đài Sơn is located among immense rice fields in Ba Chúc town, Tri Tôn district. It has such a name because there were times that the flood rose and engulfed its surrounding area making a scene of vast sea hugging the mountain. With a height of 54m, this is the smallest mountain in the Seven Mountain range. Despite many higher mountains and more stretches in this land, the Water Mountain is still listed in the Seven Mountain by the ancients because of the influence of mystical and supernatural beliefs among the folk.

Photo by Bùi Thụy Đào Nguyên via Wikipedia

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