Ke Ga Light House – Historic Vietnamese Light House Over A Century Old

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Over the past decades Vietnam has become one of South East Asia’s major tourist destinations. The country is dotted with tourist hubs and Mui Ne on the southern Vietnamese coast is one of the most popular tourist locations. Vietnam Resorts are varied in type and caters to diverse budgets and if you are looking for comfortable accommodation in Mui Ne, guests seem to favour properties such as Anantara Mui Ne Resort and Spa amongst others.

The historic and iconic Ke Ga Light House is Vietnam’s oldest and tallest light house and is over a hundred years old. Built by the French in the interest of French army transportation and international maritime shipping, the light house was designed by French Designer Snavat. Construction of the light house commenced in February 1897 and concluded end 1898 and the commissioning of the Ke Ga Light House took place in 1900. To mark this momentous occasion the local inhabitants fixed a plaque with 1899 carved on it at the entry gate to the light house.

The Ke Ga Lighthouse is located 300 meters off shore in central Binh Thuan Province’s Han Thuan Nam Township and is 30km from Phan Thiet City. Built of granite imported from France, it is 60 m in height and octagonal in shape. The unique feature in the construction of this edifice is that it is built of different shaped stones all fitted together like a jigsaw puzzle. It has 184 steps leading to the top and the 2000watt light was brought from France too. The light from the Ke Ga Light House extends up to 22 nautical miles. You can access the light house by boat and also walk across to it at low tide.

To reach Ke Ga Light House from Phan Thiet go to Hung Do Street and cross Ca Ty River heading west. The turn off to Ke Ga is 3.6 kilo meters further on. The turn off is easy to miss so be careful.

Filled with wanderlust that seeks to explore distant shores and captivated by the colors and vibrancy of exotic cultures, Kanya Mae writes on the beautiful, exciting, and enchanting wonders of the world. She is a writer who not only has a passion for travel, but also has a background in fashion, art and media.

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