The Nguyen Trung Truc temple in Phu Quoc is dedicated to local hero Nguyen Trung Truc who fought the French in the 1800's. Specifically, he is well known for burning the French battleship known as “L'Espérance“. Eventually he was caught and executed but the local people have not forgotten him and hence this temple, one of many found throughout Kien Giang Province in Vietnam.
Nguyen Trung Truc was a leader of the Anti-French Colonist movement of Vietnam from 1861 to 1868. He is known for two great military achievements:
The temple was constructed in 1993 and then recognized as a culturally significant site in 2011. It was then completely refurbished and the new temple and layout was open to the public on October 30th, 2016. The Nguyen Trung Truc temple is not only a temple but also a holistic medicinal center.
Nguyen Trung Truc Festival
Every August the locals gather here and celebrate Nguyen Trung Truc's insurrection against the French. There are various food available and the battle between the Vietnamese and French is reenacted. At the festival, the locals reenact the battle of the burning and sinking of the L'Espérance ship, a model of which can be seen directly across from the temple on Nhat Tao River.
Rach Gia's Nguyen Trung Truc Temple
If you are planning on taking a ferry from Rach Gia to Phu Quoc then you should try to spare some time, if you can, to visit the nearby Nguyen Trung Truc temple, which is located roughly 800 meters away from the Rach Gia Port.
The Nguyen Trung Truc temple in Rach Gia is the largest temple in Vietnam dedicated to him and his story. This temple houses unique artifacts, relics, and architecturally it is quite stunning.
One of the first things you will notice at the temple is a variety of different colored bark laid out on mats and left to dry. These barks are actually used to treat a variety of illnesses and are available for free for all guests. Just ask for a small bag and grab a handful.
The Nguyen Trung Truc Temple on Phu Quoc is located off Suoi Cai – Ganh Dau road (DT45) in Ganh Dau commune. It is really easy to find as it is next to the main road. There's plenty of free and paid parking available as well.
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