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15 Mar

Things to discover on Quan Lan Island

Quan Lan is the name of an island located in Bai Tu Long Bay. From Cai Rong Port (in Van Don District), it takes tourists only one hour to transfer by speedboat to reach this island. Thanks to its easy-to-reach location, Quan Lan has become an ideal destination, particularly for summer holidays.

The pristine beauty of Quan Lan Island

Taking a tour from Hanoi to Quan Lan Island, tourists can have chance to enjoy leisure time on its beautiful and isolated beaches. Quan Lan, Son Hao and Minh Chau are names of three Quan Lan’s beaches which are endowed with pristine beauty, clear blue seawater and fine white sand bank stretching along the green rows of casuarinas. Apart from beaches, this island also possesses many of relics, including Quan Lan Communal House, Quan Lan Pagoda, Quan Tan Temple and General Tran Khanh Du worshipping temple. Quan Lan Communal House – is one of the two most ancient communal houses in the northern province of Quang Ninh. Built under the dynasty of Post King Le in 17th century, this communal house was said to dedicate to King Ly Anh Tong (1138-1175), Tutelary God and predecessors who had played important roles in establishing the village. The communal house’s architectural works comprise forecourt and harem, with scale tiled roofs, the rooftops in shape of two dragons flanking a moon. There are 32 main pillars, 26 small valued wooden pillars and doors together with tie-beam finely carved designs of dragon, phoenix, flower, etc. at the communal house.

Quan Lan Pagoda (also called Linh Quang Pagoda) is located near Quan Lan Communal House. It is dedicated to Buddha and Mother Goddess Lieu Hanh. The pagoda is used to preserve statues of Buddha. 
Quan Lan Pagoda

Lying adjacent Quan Lan Pagoda is Quan Lan Temple which is dedicated to three brothers of Pham Cong Chinh, Pham Quy Cong and Pham Thuan Dung, who bravely sacrificed in the battle of van Don – Cua Luc against the Mongol invaders in 1288. 

In 1990, the historical complex of Quan Lan Communal House, Pagoda and Temple was acknowledged as National Art Architectural – Historical Relic. Furthermore, tourists turn left and head more one and a half kilometers to reach the temple worshipping General Tran Khanh Du who was famous for the victory in Mang River – Van Don in 1287, importantly contributing to Great Victory of Bach Dang in 1288. General Tran Khanh Du’s statue along with several horizontal lacquered boards and parallel sentences praising his merits are still well-preserved.

Where to stay in Quan Lan? Quan Lan Island offers around 40 accommodations with more than 500 rooms, of which 20 hotels are two-star ones. For those who want a pure green space overlooking the windy beach, they are highly recommended to stay in some resorts in Quan Lan.

Peaceful resort in Quan Lan

Quan Lan Island is an ideal gateway tourists seeking for an opportunity to relax at the peaceful, quiet space as well as to escape from the city’s hustle and bustle.