Dinh Cau

Dinh Cau, the Cau Temple on Phu Quoc Island is one of the most prominent landmarks in the area.

Dinh CauDinh Cau | photo: Frank Fox (cc-by-sa)

The temple of the goddess of the sea

Dinh Cau, also called Cau Temple on Phu Quoc Island is the most prominent landmark in all of Phu Quoc. It is an incredibly old temple in a new coat. Nowadays the location of worship is dedicated to Thien Hau, the goddess of the sea. The origin of Thien Hau, also called Mazu, is China. According to the legend, the real name of Thien Hau was Lin Moniang, born during the rule of the Song Dynasty on Meizhou Island in China’s Fujian province.

Dinh CauDinh Cau | photo: (cc-by-sa) f

This goddess is worshipped along the entire coastline of East Asia to various degrees. The story tells that Lin Moniang was a girl who went out on the shore during storms and in raging tempests, wearing a bright red dress and guiding ships to safety. Upon her death in the year 987, the seafaring people remembered a young goddess in red, guiding ships through storms to a safe shelter.

Dinh CauDinh Cau | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox

Dinh Cau is not only the most visited and most photographed tourist attraction on Phu Quoc Island, the temple is also in use. Fishermen and their wives offer incense sticks to the goddess of the sea and pray for a safe return from the ocean.

Dinh CauDinh Cau | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox

The temple is conveniently located at the mouth of the harbour of the fishing town Duong Dong.

If you plan a visit to the temple, do it in the evening. Not only you may witness one of Phu Quoc Island's famous sunsets at the most picturesque spot of the western shore, you can also combine the event with a visit to Dinh Cau Night Market, where you should try the most exotic kinds of seafood you can get on the island.

Every 15th and 16th of lunar October, there is a festival with many people attending.

Rocks at Dinh CauRocks at Dinh Cau | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox

Visit the nearby Dinh Cau Night Market.

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