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Travelling to Kon Tum, you should not skip famous places here
1. MANG DEN ECOTOURISM Site in Kon Tum- “The Second Dalat Tourist City”
Mang Den Ecotourism Site is situated in Kon Plong district, Kon Tum province. With the fresh cool air all year round and natural and majestic beauty of landscape, the site attracts more and more tourists in Vietnam travel coming here. It is also proud of “the second Dalat tourist city” in the Central Highlands.
Following National Road No. 24 about 54km from Kon Tum City to the center of Kon Plong District, and then passing Mang Den Pass, tourists in Vietnam travel will arrive at the Mang Den Ecotourism Site. The name Mang Den is transcribed from the word "T'mang Deeng" of the M'Nong people ("T'mang" means a flat land and "Deeng" means a residential area).
The Mang Den Ecotourism Site is located at a height of 1,200m above sea level. Year-round, it has an average temperature of 18-20 degrees celsius. This feature has earned the area fame as "the second Da Lat tourist city" in the Central Highlands. The area nestles amidst primitive forests and a large area grown with age-old pine trees, spotted by natural lakes, waterfalls and springs. Such rare species of flora as red pine trees and Fujian cypress, medicinal plants as cinnamon and Aquilaria plant, and wild animals as python and chamois have made the Mang Den area different significantly from Da Lat in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong or Sa Pa in the northwestern mountainous province of Lao Cai.
Living in the area are mainly the M'Nong, Xo Dang and Hre people who have well preserved their authentic lifestyle, distinctive culture and customs, and traditional crafts. These ethnic minorities have often settled nearby lakes, waterfalls or rivers and built their communal houses next to slash-and-burn rice and food crops.
The Mang Den Ecotourism Site is a part of the tourist route "Green Road in Central Highlands" connected to other ones such as "Central Heritage Road" and "Legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail" to form the transnational tourist route "Indochina Heritage Road" linking the world heritage sites in Viet Nam with ones in Laos and Cambodia.
Realizing potential benefits the site will bring in, the Government has worked out a plan to develop this 1,500-2,000 ha green land into a national tourism zone offering various tourism products and regarded it as one of three key socio-economic development zones of Kon Tum Province.
If you are interested in joining an eco-tourism tour, the Mang Den Ecotourism Site in Kon Tum is a must-visit place that you should add to your itinerary!
2. KON TUM WOODEN CHURCH- The pride of Tay Nguyen People
Kon Tum Cathedral, also known as Kon Tum Wooden Church, is considered the most beautiful and antique relic. The Cathedral has always been the pride of Tay Nguyen people. Tourists in Vietnam travel coming to Kon Tum are often enchanted with the brown bell-tower of the Church imposingly rising towards the blue sky.
Welcoming visitors with winding foggy roads at dawn, which suddenly be brighten by warm sunshine at noon; with the romantic location on the charming Dak Blah River looming under the foot of the majestic Ngoc Linh Mountain, Kon Tum town appears as pure and strong as the existing nature of Tay Nguyen people.
Kon Tum draws visitors’ attention right at first sight with the brown bell-tower of Kon Tum Wooden Church, which imposingly rises towards the blue sky.
Regarded as the most beautiful and antique relic, Kon Tum Cathedral or Kon Tum Wooden church has always been the pride of Tay Nguyen people.
The Cathedral is situated right at the center of Kon Tum town, on a spacious area with many enclosed combining constructions: church – guest house – house displaying traditional and religious items – Rong house. Besides, stepping into the church campus, tourists in Vietnam travel will have chance to visit other places such as the brocatelle sewing and weaving factory, joinery and orphanage.
The Cathedral is initially constructed in 1913 by the French priests. Having existed for more than 100 years, the Wooden Church is a special artistic architecture which is perfectly designed under the combination of Roman architectural style and Ba Na people’s architecture for stilt house. Hence, its beauty is the convergence of Tay Nguyen culture and Western style.
Kon Tum Cathedral attracts visitors in Vietnam travel not only for its harmonious layout, majestic architecture, but also for the traditional values that it carries. All the items in the church area bear the special traditional culture of Tay Nguyen people, from the Rong house, the wooden statues to the patterns carved on woods.
When stepping in the church, tourists in Vietnam travel will be impressed by the display house where local culture features will be introduced. On the left hand side is a solemn room for prayers.
The Cathedral was completely made of the best quality wood at that time. Besides, the walls are made of soil mixed with straw, which was a typical house constructing style of people living in central Vietnam. However, the cathedral still exists at its best appearance and stability.
If possible, you, travelers joining tours in Vietnam, visit the Cathedral during the Christmas days, you will have chance to experience the celebrating atmosphere of the Noel festival. Local people from many ethnic minority groups gather together to enjoy the festival.
3. RONG HOUSE KON KLOR- Kon Tum with An Imposing Traditional Beauty
Rong House, also known as Kon Tum Communal House, is a special architecture of the ethnic minority groups living in the North of Central Highlands region. Visiting this type of house, tourists in Vietnam travel will enjoy its imposing traditional beauty.
Rong House (often called The Kon Tum Communal House) is a special architecture of local peole. This type of house can only be found in villages in the north of Central Highland region, especially in Gia Lai and Kon Tum provinces.
Rong house is a special type of stilt houses which is much more spacious with imposing traditional beauty. It is often located in the center of the village. Most of the community activities such as meeting, wedding ceremonies, praying ceremonies take place at Rong House. It is also the place for welcoming guests.
Each ethnic minority group has specific architectural style for designing and decorating the Rong House. However, most Rong Houses share common features. In the village, it is often the biggest thatch-roofed house with 8 big pillars made of wood. The rafters are decorated with patterns of bright colors, depicting religious scenes, legendary stories about ancient heroes, stylized animals, and other familiar things often seen in daily life of local people. The most outstanding feature of the décor of the Rong House is the image of the brilliant God of Sun. The Rong House is a cultural symbol of Central Highlanders, a longstanding and long-lasting culture. It is believed that, the bigger the House is, the wealthier the village shall be.
Rong House is not only the pride of local people, but also an attractive- tourist destination in Vietnam travel. Tourists coming there will enjoy imposing beauty of the house as well as its traditional value.
4. BA NA VILLAGE in Central Highlands, Kon Tum Province
Ba Na village has a special feature of beautiful wooden stilt houses with unique staircases made by the local people themselves. Tourists travel in Vietnam will be able to get an unforgettable experience if they have opportunity to visit one of the house and spend a night there.
Ba Na village is situated in the central highlands, Kon Tum province. This local village is featured with beautiful wooden stilt houses with unique staircases made by the local people themselves. Each staircase is carefully carved by the skilful Ba Na men.
There are several Ba Na minority groups living the the Central highlands, including the area of Kon Tum, such as Ba Na Kon Tum, Ba Na Go La, Ba Na Na Ko. Each Ba Na minority groups resides in a specific area. Ba Na is one among the first minority groups in Central Highlands to know how to write and to use buffaloes and cows as a mean to plough their fields. However, their life still remains primitive with famous hunting skills. Like other ethnic minorities, Ba Na people keep fires burning in the middle of their houses to keep it warm. Family members and friends sit around the fire to drink, eat, and talk.
It would be an unforgettable experience if you, tourists travel in Vietnam, have chance to visit one of the houses and spend a night there. You will understand more about their daily life through the cosy meals, the works that they do every day.
5. TAY NGUYEN GRAVE HOUSE- A Distinctive Ritual of Ethnic People in the Central Highlands
In Vietnam tourism, visitors are interested in distinctive features of rituals and customs of ethnic minority groups when traveling to the Central Highlands. Tay Nguyen Grave house of Kon Tum province is a can-not-be-missed destination of tourists coming there.
Tay Nguyen Grave House is located in the Central Highlands, Kon Tum Province. According to aged old customs of ethnic minority groups in the Central Highlands, after the burial of the deceased they grave to shelter the grave from rain and sunshine.
The hut is usually stocked with personal belongings of the deceased. Two or three years later, family members of the deceased are going to remove the hut and build a new, bigger wooden house there. In addition, the grave is to have meticulous decorations. The grave house is surrounded with a wooden fence within there is a wooden statue resembling a human being, a bird or an animal. The practice of removing the makeshift hut is usually organized in the spring and is considered a festive day.
The ritual is called Le Bo Ma (Leaving-the-grave). In this day villagers are gathered at the cemetery ground and the family members bring food offerings including rice-distilled rice, rice, cooked pork and other meat. After the offerings are given to the deceased, villagers are to sing songs, dance and enjoy the drink and the food taken down from the altar. They have the belief that the deceased has returned to join the feast with those alive.
Paying a visit to Kon Tum province, tourists travel in Vietnam should visit this place where you are able to learn more about the distinctive rituals and customs of ethnic people living there.
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