Hon Ba Temple in the southern province of Ba Ria - Vung Tau is
one of the most special temples in Vietnam. It was built in 1781 to worship the
Thuy Long goddess.
Hon Ba (the Lady Island), also known as “Ba Vien Dan” (three cannon rounds) or
Archinard Island, is a small island in Vung Tau City. Hon Ba Temple or Lady
Temple is located on the island.
The temple was built in 1881 by a follower named Ho Quang Minh. From the foot of
the island to the temple runs a winding road with solid three-step at its end.
In 1939, Archinard, a Frenchman officer, aimed three cannon rounds at the temple
for the purpose to demolish it, but only one hit the corner of the temple. Not
much damage was made. Soon after that, the officer lost his life with his own
gun due to his carelessness. That is why the island is called “Three cannon
rounds” or Archinard. Local people, however, call it Hon Ba.
In 1971, a migrant from Tra Vinh named Thanh Phong called upon locals to
contribute resources to restoring the temple. The present temple is 4m above the
surface of the earth. Inside the temple, there is a 6mx3m cell, once used as a
place for secret meeting of patriots. Each year, there are four major offerings
at the temple, which are in lunar January, April, July and October.
Hon Ba is now famous for travelers as it is not only a tourist attraction, but
also a spiritual destination for cultural and religious visitors..
Source: Compiled by Pha Le