Coi Nguon Museum
149 Tran Hung Dao, Khu pho 7, Duong Dong Town, Phu Quoc, VietnamTelephone
+84-77 3980 206. Mobile. +84-913 82 0713Email More information Prices
Entrance fee: VND 20,000 (approximately $1.00USD)Opening hours
8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Sunday
With displays on Vietnamese medicines, Stone Age tools, a boatful of barnacle-encrusted ceramics, oddly compelling shell-covered furniture and a small room devoted to the island prison, this private museum is an oddball introduction to Phu Quoc history and culture. But did the marine fauna section really require the untimely demise of 14 hawksbill turtles?
Coi Nguon Museum is one of the largest private collections in Vietnam and definitely worth a visit if you are interested in the history, culture and nature of Phu Quoc Island. With displays on Vietnamese medicines, Stone Age tools, a boatfull of barnacle-encrusted ceramics, oddly compelling, shell-covered furniture and a small room devoted to the island prison, this private museum is an oddball introduction to Phu Quoc history and culture. But did the marine fauna section really require the untimely demise of 14 hawksbill turtles?!
The Coi Nguon Museum & Resort, also known as “The Root” Museum is a museum dedicated to Phu Quoc’s history, fauna, and flora. Not only is this place a museum, but it is also a resort, a souvenir shop, and also has a few restaurants. The museum is located in Duong Dong Town near Long Beach. A 40,000sq.m outdoor exhibition area where curator and owner Huynh Phuoc Hue displays artefacts and shows his flock of over 60 rare sea eagles. Already established on the sightseeing circuit, Hue says about 200 tourists visit the museum everyday.
This museum consists of five floors and houses nearly 5,000 artifacts which are mainly pottery. The main floor consists mainly of fossilized wood samples, bones from various animals found on the island as well as in the sea (sea cow), as well as a variety of sea shells. The first and second floors are dedicated to the islands history. The third floor is dedicated to displaying items, mainly pottery, salvaged from wrecks found 12 years ago. This floor also has a small collection of antique pottery and ceramics made in the 17th – 19th century. On the fourth floor, visitors can learn more about the locals daily life. Finally the fifth floor has more artifacts.
The museum grounds also have a fish sauce vat as well as a nice temple dedicated to Buddha. How far goes the dedication of a private collector? Huynh Phuoc Hue worked as a tourguide in the past, and about 18 years ago he started his amazing collection of exhibits concerning Phu Quoc Island. Today, the exhibition area consists of four floors in the ornate building that sometimes has a slightly labyrinthic character and offers an insight to Phu Quoc history.
Geology, biology, culture and spirituality - every facet of life on Phu Quoc Island is covered. Bottles exhibit samples of sand from all the beaches, two skeletons and several pictures of dugong, together with oysters, pearls, corals and turtles form the marine section on the ground floor of Coi Nguon Museum. Cuts of the various species of trees from the Phu Quoc National Park, as well as a shrine to the old king and a small section of native medicine and natural remedies complete this section of the museum.
Upstairs you can inspect ancient pottery and beautiful porcelain work, old coins and banknotes, more shrines and a reconstructed hut of the early dwellers on Phu Quoc Island that offers an insight into their daily life. Over 2,500 UNESCO-inspected items of pottery are on exhibition as well, some of them dating back to the 15th century.
Like in many museums in Vietnam, numerous artifacts in Coi Nguon Museum are not protected by glass windows or other barriers. Please don’t touch the exhibits!
Folk art from the ancient times to the present shows how the people worked and what their daily life involved. Especially the ceramic paintings are exceptionally informative and beautiful as well. One niche is reserved for pictures from the Phu Quoc Prison, not as sobering as a visit to the prison itself, but makes you think about the 4,000 people who lost their lives there. Various shrines offer an insight into the beliefs of the islanders and their cultural and spiritual life. A section features native costumes in a rainbow of enchanting colors.
The outside section includes the sea bird sanctuary, home of several threatened sea eagles, as well as a section dedicated to the Phu Quoc Ridgeback dogs. Coi Nguon Museum includes a souvenir shop as well, a restaurant and a resort with pool and temple. You can learn more about the Museum on Phu Quoc Island on the official website above.
On the fourth and fifth floor you go out onto the terrace and enjoy the panoramic view of long beach.
Coi Nguon Museum Phu Quoc Review
The ticket was 20k VND. For this, you get 5 floors of exhibitions and info PQ history and nature. Sounds good? Well the information itself really is, if you dig in - I spent at least an hour there. However, the huge disappointment was the level of presentation - the exhibits are poorly lit, there is dust on the glass cabinets of the exhibitions and the aquariums are dirty - all together affecting the visual experience. English translations also could be better. Still, I recommend it if you have interest in the local history and nature perspective.
The trip had open up my eyes. It is not all nature, cause some made by hand. But totally they are a big collection of things belong to the sea and some beautiful furniture that are made carefully and sophisticated.
If you want to learn a little more about Phu Quoc in a little time then visit the museum. You only need around 40 minutes to visit and take in the some what antiquated exhibits and their rather charming if somewhat inaccurately translated descriptions. The rather impressive collection of timber samples and sand samples will no doubt become more important as the island continues to develop and change. The descriptions of the key figures throughout history gives both history and context. The entrance fee is reasonable and without support the museum can not be expected to update or improve its facilities so will remain a little dated and tired looking.
Cội Nguồn translates roughly to "roots of the culture" and that's what you may experience at this awesome place! (I love museums, so I got a little overenthusiastic in there. Rightfully so I say, because... I love museums :D
If you are into culture, nature and the history of Phu Quoc Island, definitely visit the Coi Nguon Museum on 149 Tran Hung Dao street. It is one of the largest privately owned collections in Vietnam and strolling through the hallways you can learn a lot about the island how it is and used to be.
The former tourguide Huynh Phuoc Hue started dedicating his life to collecting all things related to Phu Quoc Island around 1997 and during that time, the collection of exhibits at the museum became simply amazing. Insight into nature and culture of Vietnam's Parl Island are provided in a labyrinthic area covering four floors of the ornate front building.
Spirtitual shrines of former kings and heroes alternate with fossiles, antiquities and slices of native tree species. Every geological, biological and historical facet of the island is covered - from two skeletons of dugong to natural pearls, shells and sea turtoises on the lowest floor that is dedicated to geology and aquatic life. One niche shows glass jars with sand of all Phu Quoc beaches to compare.
A rather small section of the museum presents samples of traditional herbal medicine to curious visitors, as well as other botanical information about Phu Quoc National Park. If you go all the way up to the roof, you have a great view on Duong Dong and Long Beach as well!
Masterful ancient porcelain work and pottery exhibits (over 2500 items, inspected and approved by UNESCO) are displayed upstairs, together with old coins and various banknotes. Some items date back to the 15th century. One hut has been reconstructed and shows how the early settlers of Phu Quoc used to live. Ancient folk artwork and some rather modern items show the daily life of the native people, especially represented by beautiful ceramic paintings that give the beholder an insight into their daily life.
A small part is dedicated to Phu Quoc Prison, also called Coconut Tree Prison. The depictions of the inhumane conditions in which prisoners of all factions were held, are shocking. If you don't have time to visit the prison itself on your itinerary, you can check out the niche with a shrine and photographs instead. The sight makes you contemplate the fourthousand people who lost their lives there - most of them in agony.
The outside area harbors Phu Quoc Ridgeback dogs and a seabird sanctuary, as well as a restaurant and a resort complete with pool and temple.
However, as avid museasts may already have recognized - in Vietnam many less valuable exhibits are not protected by vitrines and Coi Nguon Museum is no exception. So please use your common sense and don't touch the exhibits.
Coi Nguon Museum gives Phu Quoc overview
Travelers without enough time to visit the majestic Phu Quoc Island, should instead go to Coi Nguon Museum for an overview of the island.
Located on a small hill on Tran Hung Dao Street in Duong Dong Town, the museum was established in 2009 by Huynh Phuoc Hue who has spent over 15 years collecting thousands of antiques and artifacts.
Tourists can buy tickets at VND20,000 each accompanied with a brochure on the museum and start their journey to explore the five-storey building in an area of over 1.5 hectares. There are 2,645 antiques made from stone, pottery, bronze and fossil wood dated from the 15th century to the early 20th century and 540 artifacts consisting of furniture, artworks and fishing tool and household appliances.
There are also around 100 traditional paintings.
Tourists can discover Phu Quoc’s natural conditions and an overview of the museum and battles to protect the island on the ground and first floors respectively. The second floor exhibits antique collections while the third floor displays the model of a wreck and numerous antique fish from sunken vessels discovered on the eastern side of the island. Images of local peoples’ daily life are on display at the fourth floor. The rooftop has a panoramic view of Duong Dong Town and a pearl blue sea and an immense forest.
If you are tired of walking, you can go to souvenir shops on the ground floor selling jewelry made from pearl, fossil wood and shells and craft products made from lua wood. Or you can climb the hill to see a very interesting place – a sea eagle reserve where you can admire numerous beautiful white and black birds standing inside a giant iron cage raising their strong voices or spreading their wide wings to fly around the cage.
Tourists can also escape the sunlight and heat under the shades of many romantic tree houses along the path leading to the sea eagle reserve.
Unfortunately, Phu Quoc dog reserve no longer exists which is a major disappointment.
However, there is a restaurant and hotel located inside the museum.
Coi Nguon Museum is located at 149 Tran Hung Dao Street, Quarter 7, Duong Dong Town, Phu Quoc Island, Kien Giang Province, tel: 077 398 0206.
Coi Nguon Museum in Phu Quoc is a small museum that depicts the history, flora, and fauna of the island. It also houses a large collection of local antiques
It gets you the overview and basic history of Phu Quoc. It's still under development and many things should be improved.
This museum is opposite to my hotel so visiting this place was the first idea when I came to Phu Quoc. But it looks great from the outside but too poor inside with too many artifacts and historic history pictures that don't look amazing at all but just a mess.