Lang Son

Since the old time, many beautiful images about Lang Son such as Vong Phu mountain, Tam Thanh pagoda, Ky Lua street, etc. have entered into poems and literatures and imprinted on the mind of the Vietnamese people. Although being a mountain province located on the Sino-Vietnamese border over a stretch of 253km, the distance between Lang Son and Ha Noi is only 154km by road. In addition the railway Ha Noi - Lang Son is fast and convenient. Lang Son town situated on the left bank of Ky Cung river on the height of 500m.The distance between Lang Son and Dong Dang town is 14km. The Sino-Vietnamese border is only 3km from Dong Dang.

DONG KINH MARKET AND KY LUA MARKET

Famous markets in the town.

TAM THANH GROTTOES

Tam Thanh Grottoes in Lang Son town consists of three caves Nhat Thanh, Nhi Thanh and Tam Thanh. The most famous is Tam Thanh, which located on the western end of Ky Lua street, inside the chain of mountains, which have the shape of an elephant herd crouching on the grassy field. The Tam Thanh cave lies in the middle of the mountain, the entrance of the cave faces east with the height of 8m. There are 30 stone steps making up the way leading to the cave. On the right side wall of the cave there remains a poem carved deep into the stone. The poem was written by Ngo Thi Si (18th century) while he was stationed in Lang Son as the commander of the Lang Son military post. The poem praises the amazing beauty of Tam Thanh grotto: " the limpid spring flows over hundreds of rock-top as if it is talking. Turn back to the mountain to see the Vong Phu (awaiting one's husband)."

VONG PHU MOUNTAIN (LADY TO THI)

To the northwest of the Tam Thanh grotto is Vong Phu mountain or Lady To Thi. There is a high mountain peak resembling a woman with a baby in her hands looking towards the far sky. The stone therefore called Lady To Thi, the name of a character in the legend about Lady To Thi waiting for her husband.

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