Bac Lieu is a land of cultural convergence of 3 ethnic groups Kinh – Hoa – Khmer, and is the cradle of Southern Don Ca Tai Tu, famous for the song Da Co Hoai Lang by the late musician Cao Van Lau. Coming to Bac Lieu, visitors will be able to visit and admire the unique cultural works with their own beauty. In which, it is impossible not to mention Hung Vuong Square.
1. Better to Know as a Tourist
Spend-time: One and a half hour (approx)
Hours: Dawn – dusk
Parking lot: Yes
Address: Located in the administrative center of the province, in Ward 1, City. Bac Lieu, Bac Lieu province right in front of Nguyen Tat Thanh – Hung Vuong – Tran Huynh streets
Added values: Hung Vuong Square has become a venue for meetings and major events of the province, as well as a place of entertainment for city people and tourists. This is one of the most beautiful squares in the Mekong Delta region and is considered one of the typical tourist attractions of Bac Lieu.
Nearby attractions and hidden gems: Looking for places to stop on your way to and from Hung Vuong Square? Ghositaram pagoda (4 km), Cong Tu Bac Lieu House (5 minutes), Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary (6 km), Bac Lieu Salt Farm (48 km), Tac Say Church (38 km), Dia Mau Cung – Ba pagoda (13 minutes)…
2. Travel Guide to Hung Vuong Square
Started construction in 2013 and officially put into operation in 2014. Up to now, Hung Vuong Square has become the pride of Bac Lieu people. The unique architectural and artistic complex in the square has helped this land rich in historical and cultural traditions score points on the Mekong Delta tourist maps.
Hung Vuong Square has a total usable area of over 85,000m2, of which the square yard is over 40,000m2. The entire yard is paved with natural stone in light gray alternating with dark gray, which looks like lively musical notes.
The square area includes many architectural works arranged into a harmonious, highly aesthetic and unique complex, creating a highlight for the urban space of Bac Lieu city.
The most prominent is Cao Van Lau theater often called “Three conical hat theater”. The Cultural and Art Exhibition Center and Cao Van Lau Theater in Bac Lieu attract many visitors to check-in because of its unique architecture.
The height of the largest hat is more than 24 m, the diameter of the largest cone is more than 45 m. The image of 3 conical hats in the design of the Culture – Art Exhibition Center and Cao Van Lau Theater shows many meanings.
That image is reminiscent of the 3 North, Central, and South regions of the country, the 3 ethnic groups Kinh, Khmer and Chinese in Bac Lieu, the 3-legged stance represents the solidarity “3 trees bunched together to make a high mountain”, father, mother and child in a family.
An important highlight for Hung Vuong Square in Bac Lieu also has a stylized zither symbol, supported on 5 large lotus petals. This symbol represents the unique culture of Bac Lieu in the flow of thousands of years of national civilization. The blooming lotus symbolizes the continuous development of Don ca tai tu art in particular and the culture of Bac Lieu in general.
This lute was recognized by the Vietnam Record Organization as the largest lute in Vietnam with a total height of 18.6m, built on 5 lotus petals in a 5-pointed star-shaped lake.
In addition, three 9-meter-high statues, symbolizing the solidarity, attachment and solidarity of the Kinh, Khmer, and Chinese three ethnic groups, are also a highlight of the square. On these 3 blocks are engraved groups of numbers marking important historical milestones of the Party Committee and people of Bac Lieu province in the process of building and developing the homeland.
3. What to Do –See – Eat at Hung Vuong Square
In the complex of architectural works of Hung Vuong Square, there is also a memorial to heroes and martyrs, a monument to the event of the General Offensive and Uprising in the Spring of the Year of the Monkey (1968).
These are works of great historical value, depicting the heroic historical moments of the Party and army of Bac Lieu in the struggle for national liberation, and at the same time expressing gratitude to the heroic martyrs, contributing to educating the tradition of revolutionary struggle, the historical-cultural tradition for present and future generations.
Placed in a solemn position and in the center of the Square is a flagpole more than 20m high, with a red flag with a yellow star – the sacred national flag of the Fatherland. At this place, every first Monday morning of each month, a flag-raising ceremony takes place with the participation of people from all walks of life, civil servants, youth union members….
Below the flagpole is also an art fountain with a spray floor consisting of 03 segments, 68 nozzles from 1.5 to 3m high. The number of faucets corresponds to the number “Loc Phat” wishing for prosperity and continuous development for this land and for tourists coming to Bac Lieu. The nozzles with water jets of different heights according to 09 water spraying programs create a “dynamic” element for the Square and create lively “water dances” showing the dynamic and modern life rhythm of a young coastal city.
The system of trees around the Square is arranged, decorated, trimmed and shaped regularly, continuously ensuring harmony and beauty, creating a fresh environment, contributing to the beauty of The Hung Square area.
4. Free Itineraries from VeMekong
As a local travel expert, we have some ideas for you to think about.
From Bac Lieu city center:
If you do not have much time left, it is easy to check out spots in one full day by boat or with bike or with motorbike and car. But there are much more than tourist sites like these in Bac Lieu. Make sure you have more time to feel and explore more about the hidden gems and the culture, food, night life, wildlife and forest as well. Top tip: Stay in a homestay nearby, so you have more chances to visit it and surroundings. If you are looking for the package Bac Lieu daily tour with local, you can contact www.vemekong.com or Hotline/WhatsApp/WeChat/Zalo +84939888559; email: email@example.com
5. Google Maps of Hung Vuong Square
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6. Visit Hung Vuong Square by yourself
Solo traveller? Travelling on your own means you will get out of any difficult situations by yourself. This, in turn, leads to more satisfying travel experiences and helps you improve your problem-solving skills. These days we rarely get the chance to sit with ourselves and simply be. That’s why you should consider the time you spend alone on your trip as a gift.
It is possible for solo travellers to use google maps and do it alone. But sometimes they need to update local maintained roads and bridges which close and lead you a longer road than the road from Google maps. It is just about the time. It takes more time to find the correct garden to come. Adventure is always fun. Wifi is strong in Bac Lieu village! The locals find it hard to speak English as well. Top tip: Sticking to one canal and keeping going along it which gives you more things to see and avoids getting lost. Contact vemekong.com to hire a car, scooter with English-speaking-guide or cycling tours in Bac Lieu.
7. Responsible Travel and Advice Hung Vuong Square
Don’t get us wrong. But we assure you that you totally agree with us. “Do not give candy and things to the children when you plan to visit any local villages”, the kids will leave the school and follow the sweets and later they find some things to give you or sell to you. The garden is a little forest, don’t pick and touch the flowers or fruits without the local’s smiles. We deal with traveling green and leaving green behind, not plastic. Top tip: Vemekong.com are some of the companies that care a lot about responsible travel and local respectation.
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If a picture says a thousand words, it stands to reason that the video says many times more.
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10. Pro Tips
You can stay in a homestay which is near the riverside, this will help you out the best option. Then you can hire a scooter, car or bike and explore it by yourself and I hope you have an amazing Mekong Delta river sunrise.
If you plan to extend your travel to Bac Lieu homestay, do not forget to bring mosquito repellent cream.
Visit Bac Lieu or do any customized tours, please choose reputable providers with boat trips equipped with lifebuoys, jackets, motorcycle and cycling tours with the helmets and. Safety is a priority! Choose Bac Lieu responsible tours which help you give back while traveling. It’s a cliché, but it’s true.
Bac Lieu food & drink guide ranges from street food, authentic, fancy to fusion foods. As a tropical land of many fresh vegetables and homegrown gardens, which always make Bac Lieu cuisines fresh, close to nature and very traditional. If you are a food lover, don’t hesitate to put other bites onto your food lists such as Bun bo cay (Spicy beef noodle soup), Three-striped crab (Freshwater crab in Bac Lieu), Banh cu cai (White radish pies), Banh tam bi Bac Lieu (Bac Lieu thick noodles & creamy coconut milk), Pho Ngheu, Bon Bon Pickles
Bring your hat, sunglasses, and sunblock, scarf to wear when visiting temples, pagodas, and the cathedral.
Bring the raincoat if you’re planning a trip to Bac Lieu in the rainy season, as Bac Lieu always looks fantastic in the full rain and full sun.
Bac Lieu tourist attractions are magnificent itself, but if you have enough time, don’t forget to put other places onto your bucket lists such as Bac Lieu Bird Sanctuary, Bac Lieu Salt Farm, Buddha Temple Ba Nam Hai, Cong Tu Bac Lieu House, Ghositaram Pagoda in Bac Lieu, Bac Lieu Wind Farm, Ancient Longan Orchards, Vinh Hung Ancient Temple, Xiem Can Pagoda Bac Lieu, Cao Van Lau Theater (Conical Hat Non La Theater), Tac Say Church, Cao Van Lau Musician Memorial Site, Nha Mat amusement park, Bac Lieu Beach and mangrove forests, Phuoc Duc Ancient Temple and Dia Mau Cung (Ba Pagoda), Bac Lieu Market, Hung Vuong Square in Bac Lieu…
Hopefully, the above tips will help you to come up with a great plan for your adventure in Bac Lieu province, Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Have a safe trip!
“Sleep less, travel more, respect more” – Thomas Vietnam – Local travel expert.