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.