Hang Duong Cemetery
Nguyen An Ninh street, Con Son Islands, VietnamTelephone
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Entrance fee: freeOpening hours
7:00 am - 11:30 am & 1:30 am - 5:00 pm
Hang Duong Cemetery (Hang Duong Graveyard) is a memorial cemetery in Con Dao – Vietnam with the remains of independence fighters and prisoners who died at the Con Dao Prison. Visit Hang Duong Cemetery to pay tribute to the famed martyrs of Vietnam’s violent past. Reading the names on the graves is like a guide to the prominent street names in cities of Vietnam, a venerable who’s who of national heroes.
Some 20,000 Vietnamese prisoners died on Con Son and 1994 of their graves can be seen at the peaceful Hang Duong Cemetery, located at the eastern edge of town. Sadly, only 700 of these graves bear the name of the victims.
Vietnam's most famous heroine, Vo Thi Sau (1933–52) was buried here, the first woman executed by a firing squad on Con Son, on 23 January 1952.
Today's pilgrims come to burn incense and leave offerings at her tomb, mirrors, combs and lipstick (symbolic because she died so young). You may even encounter fruit, and meals of sticky rice and pork.
In the distance behind the cemetery you'll see a huge monument symbolising three giant sticks of incense.
The cemetery is marked out 190.000 square meters in area. It is composed of zone A zone B and zone C. It is estimated approximately that 20.000 captives perished in Con Dao, however not all lied in Hang Duong. This prisoners cemetery was established firstly at Chuong Bo, then moved up to Hang Keo. Up to the day when South Viet Nam is totally freed (1975), this historic cemetery has reached the age of 35 years old.
The zone A of the cemetery, where are situated the tombs of great-grandfather Nguyen An Ninh and of comrade Le Hong Phong, is the place where people buried the first tombs. In 1944, when zone A was full of graves, the prison extended the burial-ground to the South, that formed the present zone B.
The cadavers of the captives of the Resistance against France (1945-1954) were buried adjacently from the sand hill down to the South where there is the tomb of the heroine Vo Thi Sau. The remains of the captives of the Resistance against Americans were next buried to the rest of zone B and moved to zone C.
The ceremony ground lies at the center of the cemetery with a monument decorated by a figure of Giving coat. The statue is 9 meters high, weighs 25 tones and was started to built on 16 july 1980. At the feet of the statue was carved a line of words "We pay last respects to our comrades ". Hang Duong cemetery is preserved as a special historical relic. The cemetery with thousands of known and unknown graves is the forceful evidence of the crimes of imperialists and colonialists toWard s our people.
The large pillar in the middle is surrounded by inscriptions of Con Dao’s history. Located less than 2kms north of Con Son town, Hang Duong Cemetery is easily accessed by bicycle or on foot.