Takou Mountain (or Ta Cu or Ta Ku Mountain), Mui Ne, Phan Thiet, about 30 kilometers southwest of the city of Phan Thiet, VietnamPrices
Admission: Adult /child: 20,000 VND/free
Round-trip cable car ticket price: adult/child 120,000 VND/60,000 VND.
One-way cable car ticket price: adult/child 60,000 VND/40,000 VND.
The opening hours is from 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Takou Mountain is a must for any visitor. About one hour’s drive from Mui Ne, it has its own special magic. Hike up the mountain or take the gondola through beautiful tropical rain forest full of birds and wildlife to the Mountain Pagoda at the peak. The pagoda was built in 1879 at the height of 457m compared to the sea level. All the year round there are green trees, flowing streams, singing birds and apes beside the pagoda. Takou Mountain pagoda is a common name used for 2 pagodas which are Linh Son Truong Tho and Linh Son Long Doan but both of them are called the Mountain Pagoda. The site also includes 3-door gates, temples, Buddha statues, tomb towers, and a cave. Local lore says that a boy staying at the pogoda monestary once followed the nearby cave all the way to the sea when his mother called him to come home. Here you can see tomb towers, a cave and what is said to be the largest reclining Buddha in Vietnam.
It is a mountain with excellent views to the coast where the highlight is a statue of Buddha lying 50 meters long. In the vicinity of Ta Ku mountain also have a Buddhist temple and to climb to the top, a cable car.
Climbing up Takou Mountain, beside looking at the beauty of forests and bowing to Buddha, visitors can also contemplate the giant “Sakyamuni statue entering Nirvana” with the length of 49m and height of 6m which is set Vietnam record. About 50m from lying Buddha statue is the group of “Three Buddha Postures”; all of these 3 statues are about 7m high, with kind and tender eyesight, are looking down to the earth and opening arms to save people and earth.
Takou Mountain pagoda with meditative beauty in natural sceneries has attracted hundreds and thousands of visitors for pilgrimage every year. If visitors do not want to conquer the mountainous path with rocky steps to get to the pagoda, they can enjoy an overview of Takou Mountain by cable car.
There is a tourist restaurant at the top of the mountain near the pagoda, as well as a cheaper vegetarian eating area at the pagoda itself.