Coi Nguon Museum

Coi Nguon Museum in Duong Dong town, Phu Quoc - definitely worth a visit!

Cội Nguồn Museum
149 Tran Hung Dao, Duong Dong Town
http://www.coinguonphuquoc.com/
Opening time: 07:00am - 05:00pm
Entrance fee: 20,000đ

museum phu quocEntrance of Coi Nguon Museum, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)

Cội Nguồn translates roughly to "roots of the culture" and that's what you may experience at this awesome place! (I love museums, so I got a little overenthusiastic in there. Rightfully so I say, because... I love museums :D

If you are into culture, nature and the history of Phu Quoc Island, definitely visit the Coi Nguon Museum on 149 Tran Hung Dao street. It is one of the largest privately owned collections in Vietnam and strolling through the hallways you can learn a lot about the island how it is and used to be.

Coi Nguon Resort, Phu Quoc, VietnamThe corner in the museum that exhibits relics from volcanic activities. | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)

Here, watch a video about the museum and it's surroundings:

The former tourguide Huynh Phuoc Hue started dedicating his life to collecting all things related to Phu Quoc Island around 1997 and during that time, the collection of exhibits at the museum became simply amazing. Insight into nature and culture of Vietnam's Parl Island are provided in a labyrinthic area covering four floors of the ornate front building.

Coi Nguon Museum, Phu Quoc, VietnamCeramic vases | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)

Spirtitual shrines of former kings and heroes alternate with fossiles, antiquities and slices of native tree species. Every geological, biological and historical facet of the island is covered - from two skeletons of dugong to natural pearls, shells and sea turtoises on the lowest floor that is dedicated to geology and aquatic life. One niche shows glass jars with sand of all Phu Quoc beaches to compare.

Coi Nguon Museum, Phu Quoc, VietnamTraditional herbal medicine of Phu Quoc | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)

A rather small section of the museum presents samples of traditional herbal medicine to curious visitors, as well as other botanical information about Phu Quoc National Park. If you go all the way up to the roof, you have a great view on Duong Dong and Long Beach as well!

Coi Nguon Museum, Phu Quoc, VietnamI simply love clay pots | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)

Masterful ancient porcelain work and pottery exhibits (over 2500 items, inspected and approved by UNESCO) are displayed upstairs, together with old coins and various banknotes. Some items date back to the 15th century. One hut has been reconstructed and shows how the early settlers of Phu Quoc used to live. Ancient folk artwork and some rather modern items show the daily life of the native people, especially represented by beautiful ceramic paintings that give the beholder an insight into their daily life.

Bell at Coi Nguon Museum, Phu Quoc, VietnamCow bell | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)

A small part is dedicated to Phu Quoc Prison, also called Coconut Tree Prison. The depictions of the inhumane conditions in which prisoners of all factions were held, are shocking. If you don't have time to visit the prison itself on your itinerary, you can check out the niche with a shrine and photographs instead. The sight makes you contemplate the fourthousand people who lost their lives there - most of them in agony.

Coi Nguon Museum, Phu Quoc, VietnamThe boat filled with pottery is the heart of the museum | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)

The outside area harbors Phu Quoc Ridgeback dogs and a seabird sanctuary, as well as a restaurant and a resort complete with pool and temple.

Coi Nguon Resort, Phu Quoc, VietnamThat should have been the bungalow for my stay on Phu Quoc Island! | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)

However, as avid museasts may already have recognized - in Vietnam many less valuable exhibits are not protected by vitrines and Coi Nguon Museum is no exception. So please use your common sense and don't touch the exhibits.

Coi Nguon Museum, Phu Quoc, VietnamSkeletons of dugong | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)

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