Kon Tum City is located in the southern basin of Kon Tum Province, at an altitude of about 525m, and is surrounded by the Dak Bla River valley. The West borders on Sa Thay district, the North borders on Dak Ha district, the East borders on Kon Ray district and the South borders on Chu Pah district of Gia Lai province. The city has a natural area of 43,298.15 hectares.
This place has long been a place of residence of indigenous Ba Na people, leading to the name Kon Tum, meaning "Ho Village" in Ba Na language. Due to the special position; the flat and fertile land was accreted by the Dak Bla River, and also due to many historical factors, this land gradually became the settlement of many different ethnic groups; including Kinh people from Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh provinces. In the years 1841-1850, the French on their journey to the missionary plateau laid the first Christian base here. In 1893, the French colonial government set up Kon Tum Administrative Agency Court, which was controlled by Priest Vialleton and since then the name Kon Tum was officially used.
Kon Tum Tourism has many beautiful places to sunstroke any tourist coming here. Located about 50km from Pleiku, you can take a round trip to visit the beautiful scenery that is only available in Kon Tum but not mixed with anywhere you have been.
VietCam Holidays is happy to recommend the most interesting places to visit as well as the most delicious dishes to enjoy in Kontum Province.
Mang Den Valley
Mang Den is an ecological paradise in a town in Kon Plong district, Kon Tum province. Mang Den has an elevation of 1,200m above sea level. This region has a temperate climate, so the weather is cool all year round, the temperature on average from 16-22 degrees Celsius. Surrounded by pristine forests and covering more than 80% of the natural area, due to the mild climate, there are many flora and fauna living here. Flowers bloom four seasons, beautiful natural scenery. There are three lakes and seven mountains, so this place is like an ecological paradise - the muse of Kon Tum.
Coming to Mang Mang, you must definitely visit seven lakes. What could be better than to walk under the green pine forests which singing the melodious song, quietly gliding through the tiny forest flowers hidden all the way.
In the early morning, when the pine hill is still sleepy, the weather will be cold. You can stand here to see the sun is gradually brightening, glowing a sky. The morning dew drops gently scattered on the road surface. The scenery is so poetic right now. You can go to the villages to experience the customs of the Xe Dang, Mo Nam, Ka Dong and Hre ethnic groups here.
Dak Bla River
Dak Bla River is a source to provide alluvium, convenient for agricultural production activities of people in the Central Highlands and it is also an attractive tourist attraction. Embracing the Dak Bla River as the green of Kon Tum's natural scenery, the fresh space creates a sense of comfort and relaxation for any visitor coming here.
Watching the sun set on the Dak Bla River, the afternoon breeze blowing gently, the boats slowly ashore give you a feeling of peace, lightness, all the pressures of life seem to disappear.
Ngoc Linh Mountain
Referring to the name of Ngoc Linh mountain, surely few tourists know this is the highest mountain in the South of Vietnam.
Located at an altitude of about 2600m, Ngoc Linh mountain is extremely poetic and majestic. Not many people dare to conquer this magical Ngoc Linh mountain because there are so many mysterious stories here. This mountain contains many spiritual values from the generations of ethnic minorities here.
Featuring a tropical climate, the fog surrounding Ngoc Linh mountain range creates a magical space. In particular, there are many types of precious Ngoc Linh ginseng growing in this mountain range.
Chu Mom Ray National Park
Chu Mom Ray National Park in Kon Tum Province is considered to have extremely rich and valuable forest, far exceeding other national parks or reserves in Vietnam. There is still a fairly large number of extremely rare mammals here. Chu Mom Ray is located at the Indochina junction. The West is adjacent to Vinachay National Park (Cambodia), the Northwest is adjacent to Dong An Pha Nature Reserve (Laos). This location has given Chu Mom Ray a great potential in every way to constitute a large international nature reserve, a typical ecosystem of Southeast Asia.
Chu Mom Ray Nature Reserve has been transformed into Chu Mom Ray National Park since July 2002 with an area of over 56,600 ha, with a fairly large number of extremely rare and precious mammals. Chu Mom Ray has 15 species of endemic Indochina, 9 species of animals are extremely endangered, 14 species are listed as endangered, 57 species are highly vulnerable.
In addition to a number of large mammals that are considered to be unique and symbolic for Chu Mom Ray such as Indochinese tigers, red-shanked douc, Asian elephant, banteng cow, buffalo, gaur, gray cow, etc. This national park also has a collection of other rare and valuable species such as large gills, Truong Son gills, leopards, clouded leopards, wolves, bears and horses.
Kon K’lor Suspension Bridge
Kon Klor suspension bridge is located in Kon Klor village, Kon Tum town, Kon Tum province. The most beautiful iron suspension bridge in the Central Highlands region, connecting the two banks of the Dak Bla River. The bridge has a length of 292m, 4.5m wide, built on February 3, 1993 and completed on May 1, 1994, with an orange-yellow color that stands out in the golden sun of the Central Highlands.
Kon Klor is surrounded by mountains with green mulberry fields. Kon Klor Bridge has been connecting the sides of the river bringing people closer together. It also ended the ferry trip by crossing the Dak Bla river for many years.
Kon k’tu Village
Coming here, you can visit the village of Bah Nar - Kon Klor, drink with them Can wine and then make your way across the river through the suspension bridge to a rich alluvial land. They are banana gardens, coffee gardens and fruit trees. Crossing the winding road about 6km, visitors to Kon K'tu village, a Bah Nar ethnic village still retain the pristine features and wild landscapes.
Kon K'tu cultural tourism village has a high and beautiful communal house. with the indigenous people. When you leave the village, you will surely be satisfied with the souvenirs made by the skillful hands of the people here.
Cathedral of Kontum
Kon Tum Cathedral is also nearly 100 years old, but Kon Tum wooden church still maintains the harmonious beauty between Roman architecture and Bana stilt houses.
Coming to Kon Tum city, you can easily see the wooden church bell tower with warm brown color, prominent on the clear blue sky of the Central Highlands. Through the small streets in the heart of the city, you follow Nguyen Hue street, you will come to the famous wooden church. Step into the synagogue, the vast space, the black wooden columns, make you feel like a tiny dove.
Kon Tum wooden church was built by a French priest in 1913 and completed in 1918, located in the heart of the city. The work was built by the talented hands of artisans Binh Dinh, Quang Nam by manual method, combining Roman style and Bana style of stilt houses. This type of architecture represents an intersection between the Central Highlands culture and European culture. For nearly a century, the cathedral has not shown signs of degradation and it is becoming a famous tourist attraction in Vietnam.
Kon Tum Bishop's Office - Missionary Seminary
Kon Tum Episcopal Court full name is Kon Tum Missionary Seminary. The bishop's house is a Western architectural construction combined with the traditional indigenous architecture, founded in 1935. The person who made great contributions to establishing the bishop's house is the first bishop of the Church of Kontum, Priest Martial Jannin Phuoc.
Except for pillars on the floor made of reinforced concrete, the rest of the house is built of precious woods, which are durable over time. Hidden away behind two shady frangipani terraces, Kontum Bishop's Palace looks as peaceful as the life of the Central Highlands. Through the small gate, visitors can slowly walk and feel the faint fragrance of frangipani flowers.
The Bishop's Palace is a quiet world, hosting the cultural, historical and religious values of Kon Tum, a destination not to be missed by many tourists coming to Kon Tum.
Bac Ai Pagoda
Bac Ai Pagoda on Mac Dinh Chi Street in Kon Tum Town, Kon Tum Province. The pagoda belongs to the Northern sect and was built in 1932. Mr. Vo Chuan designed and guided both Kinh people and ethnic minorities to explore the jungle hill to build the pagoda.
In general view of architecture, Bac Ai pagoda was built in the North-South direction. The main hall has 3 compartments and 2 wings. Ancient floor is divided into 3 compartments: the front, the middle and the upper palace. Upper palace worships Tam The Buddha, Di Da Tam Ton, Hoa Nghiem Tam Thanh. In particular, a memorial inscription of the French Captain Quenin and wooden pillars symbolizing the 7 skulls of Japanese officers committed suicide at the temple grounds at the end of World War II.
Kon Tum prison was built by the French colonial period from 1915-1917, initially only to detain regular prisoners. After 1930, the new prison was used to imprison political prisoners arrested in the Soviet - Viet Nghe - Tinh movement from 1930 to 1931 and anti-French patriots from the Central provinces.
More than 500 political prisoners have been imprisoned here, and more than half have died in prison or left their bodies along Road 14 when the enemy forced them to build the road.
Nearly a century has passed since the day the heroic martyrs fell in front of the enemy's gun, the ancient Kon Tum prison has become a typical cultural and historical monument of Kon Tum province, a red address , where educating young generations the patriotism, the will to rebel, not yield to the brutal power of any enemy.
Victory Monument Dakto-Tancanh
The historical site of Dak To - Tan Canh is located on a hill of 600m high, about 1 km southwest of Dak To town. The monument is located on Highway 14 from Dak To to Ngoc Hoi. This was the fiercest battlefield in the Central Highlands region, the strongest base of the US and Saigon troops in the North Central Highlands were liberated in April 1972.
Historical victory of Dak To - Tan Canh has been ranked as a national historical monument, you will see the towering places in the center of Dak To town the victory monument. This is a symbol to show the victory, solidarity, the collective heart of the people of the Central Highlands ethnic groups. It is a memorial to the revolutionary soldiers who died in this place, from the center of town, tourists will see a large stele recording the glorious victory of Dak To - Tan Canh.
Indochinese junction is not only famous in the Vietnam War but this place is now becoming very attractive to tourists on the journey to visit Kon Tum - the northernmost highlands of Vietnam.
The place of Indochina T-junction in the mighty Truong Son mountain range is always in the memory of soldiers and youth volunteers on the way to the Southern battlefield, C battlefield (Laos), K battlefield (Cambodia) in the years of war. This is a land known as a rooster crowing all three countries heard.
The border marker post was built by the three brothers countries of Vietnam - Laos - Cambodia on a mountain which is 1,000m above the sea level, about 30 km from the town of Pleiku.
Kon Tum Museum is located on a large campus, on the banks of the Dak Bla River. On August 24th 2012, Kon Tum Museum was inaugurated and open for visitors.
Up to now, Kon Tum Museum has displayed on an area of nearly 1,500m2 with more than 1,800 artifacts, documents, nearly 400 photos, 89 auxiliary scientific documents that have basically shown focus. They are quite full of features typical, unique, reflecting almost comprehensive history and culture of the province. This is really a valuable repository serving the needs of scientific research, discovery, and exploration of the unique and colorful history - culture of the North Central Highlands region.
In Kon Tum, the Mang Den plateau area is home to the most lakes. The water here is always cool all year round. Perhaps that is why salmon and sturgeon are very suitable when raised here. Come to Mang Den, you can enjoy the expensive sturgeon with all the bones are cartilage, white flesh, tough and fat. You can catch your own fish and you can ask to the cooks of the restaurants around here processing with many delicious dishes from fried, steamed, stewing, drying ... Any dish with sturgeon Mang Den will make you fascinated.
The Brau people have a variety of dishes made from wild vegetables and wild meat such as wild boar, pork meat, and deers. But the most delicious dishes from porcupine are both nutritious, delicious and also rich in processing. Porcupine meat with sweetness has a nutritious and laxative effect. You can ask to process into many attractive dishes. Charcoal grilled porcupines, stuffed with porcupine meat, porcupine bone cooked in corn starch, porcupine wrapped in silver foil. Every dish is unique and delicious because the meat of the porcupine is firm and fragrant, almost fat-free, with a thick but crunchy layer.
Fried Crickets Dish
Dishes from crickets are quite strange to city people, but with Kon Tum ethnic minorities, dishes made from crickets have become familiar and very popular. There are many types of crickets such as rice crickets, charcoal crickets, fire crickets, but for cooking, only rice crickets can be delicious.
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