Kon Tum Province: not-be-missed attractions

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– Located in North of Central Highlands, Kon Tum Province is likened to a "sleeping fairy in the middle of forest", with wild and mysterious natural landscapes, attractions and traditional culture of ethnic minorities. If you have the opportunity to visit Kon Tum, the following places will bring many emotions to you.

Kon Tum Cathedral (Nguyen Hue Street, Thong Nhat Ward, Kon Tum City)

Kon Tum Cathedral (also known as Wooden Church) is a special artistic architecture which is perfectly designed under the combination of Roman architectural style and Ba Na people’s architecture for stilt house. The cathedral was constructed by French in 1913 and completed in 1918. It was made of ca chit (shorea roxburghii) timber wood. Beside, the wall was made of soil mixed with straw. By any given time, tourists can visit cathedral and check-in, admire the fanciful, ancient beauty of the wooden church.

The unique architecture of over 100-year-old wooden church in Kon Tum. Photo: internet

Kon K’lor Rong House (or Communal House) (Tran Hung Dao Street, Thang Loi Ward, Kon Tum City)

Located near Dak Bla River, Kon K’lor Communal House is the most iconic communal house in Central Highlands. It was constructed in traditional style by wood, bamboo,  thatch leaves and decorated by elaborate patterns. With a high roof, Kon K'lor communal house is considered as the soul of Bana village.

Kon K'lor Rong House is a symbol of Bana people in Kon Tum. Photo: internet

Kon K'lor suspension bridge

Nearby Kon K’lor Communal House, Kon K'lor suspension bridge connects two banks of Dak Bla River. With a length of 292m and the width of 4.5m, the bridge is considered a symbol of Kon Tum.

Kon K'lor suspension bridge connects the banks of Dak Bla River, the largest and the most beautiful bridge in Kon TumPhoto: internet

Indochine Café

Located in the side of Dak Bla River, Indochine Café was designed by Architect Vo Trong Nghia in referencing the shapes of Vietnamese fishing baskets. The green café is built in a rectangular area surrounded by artificial pool with old trees placed inside  and su (plumeria) flowers outside. The roof of the café is supported by 15 inverted cone-shaped bamboo clusters but contains layers of thatch and fibre-reinforced plastic. This unique construction allows to receive cool breezes blowing in the summer, while also withstanding hurricanes in the rainy seasons.

Indochine café is made of bamboo material. Photo: internet

Kon Tum Bishop (146 Tran Hung Dao Street, Thang Loi Ward, Kon Tum City)

Build in 1935, Kon Tum Bishop, also known as Kon Tum Missionary Seminary, impresses visitors with the Western architecture combined with the traditions of the Central Highlands and many plumeria flower trees outside.

Hidden behind plumeria flowers, Kon Tum Bishop is peaceful and quiet. Photo: internet

Mang Den Ecotourism Site (Kon Plong District, 50km east of Kon Tum City)

Located at the height of 1,200m above the sea, Mang Den Ecotourism Site owns many beautiful landscapes, year-round cool climate, surrounding by primitive forest and large pine forest, spotted by small lakes, waterfalls and springs. This feature makes the site as “the second Da Lat City”. Coming to the site, tourists also visit Khanh Lam Pagoda, high-tech agricultural production models; or experience at Kon Bring community tourism village and enjoy the rustic dishes such as grilled chicken, lam rice, grilled pork, etc.

Mang Den Ecotourism Area attracts a large number of visitors. Photo: internet

Indochina T-junction (Po Y Commune, Ngoc Hoi District)

Indochina T-junction (also known as tri-border mark), 80km west from Kon Tum City, is the point contiguous to the border of Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia where "a rooster crowing, the people of three countries can hear". The tri-border marker is made of granite, placed on a top of mountain with the height of 1,086m above the sea level, in the shape of triangular. Each side of marker faces to one country and is engraved with national name and emblem. This is an interesting check-in point for tourists.

The Viet Nam - Cambodia - Laos border marker is an interesting check-in place for tourists coming to Kon Tum. Photo: internet

In addition to the attractions above, visitors can explore of Chu Mom Ray National Park - ASEAN Heritage Park, or trekking in Ngoc Linh Mountain (Tu Mo Rong district, Dak Glei) - the highest mount in the Central Highlands, and try to find Ngoc Linh gingseng – a precious product of Viet Nam.

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