Van Son Temple

Con Dao Islands

This large hilltop temple complex, 1km southwest of the town centre, enjoys fine views over Con Son town and islands offshore to an ocean-filled horizon. A steep staircase (of more than 100 steps) leads up to the traditionally designed pagoda structures, each supported by thick wooden columns and topped with an elaborate tiled roof.

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