Song Ngu Island in Cua Lo
Song Ngu, a low mountain in the Nghe An province which had long attracted great poets, writers, artists such as Phan Huy Chu and Bui Duong Lich. Song Ngu is described as “two fish swim on the wave when seen from a far distance”.
In the past, King Le Thanh Tong often anchored his boat by the island to view the beauty of the island, the sky, the cloud and waters and got inspiration to write poems.
Having set foot on the island, tourists are fond of viewing strange pebbles shore, stretching kilometres. If tourists want to swim, they can swim on the “Fairy” bathing beach in transparent waters.
There is a big pagoda on the island. The pagoda was built in the Tran dynasty in the 13th and 14th centuries. Princess Huyen Tran, who was saved and taken to Thang Long by general Tran Khat Chan, once was on the island and burnt incenses in the pagoda.
The old bell in the pagoda was cast in the Tran dynasty. On the pagoda’s yard, tourists can sit under shadow of centuries-old trees and view transparent water of Fairy Well.
The well water is used to distil very delicious steam rice alcohol, which is very famous in the central province of Nghe An.