Gò Tháp relic site was discovered and announced by French archaeologists around the end of the 19th century, with the name Prasat Pream Loven (Pagoda of five compartments). Through many excavations, research and validation Gò Tháp relic area contains many cultural relics of ancient Funan kingdom which existed more than 2,000 years ago which called Óc Eo culture. Archaeologists have discovered at this site many types of relics, such as residence relics, burial sites, architecture…, distributed over a wide area. Especially, the God Vishnu, Shiva made of sandstone, engraved with patterns and inscriptions…were found.
Currently, Gò Tháp is will known for five main highlight:
– Tháp Mười Hill was a resident area. Archaeologists have discovered many antiques, artifacts and especially 02 Vishnu statues belonging to the Óc Eo civilazation.
– Minh Sư Hill: located about 400m from Tháp Mười Hill to the North-Northeast. The hill is 3.96m high, about 1200m2 wide, with square shape… The hill surface shows many pieces of ancient pottery, broken bricks, residence relics and burial sites of the Funan people.
– Bà Chúa Xứ Temple: built in 1973, facing southeast, wall built of bricks. The temple consists of three compartments, the middle one is dedicated to Bà Chúa Xứ.
– Cổ Tự Tower (Tháp Linh Pagoda) located about 100 meters north of Tháp Mười Hill build during emperor Thiệu Trị (1841-1847). In front, there is also a worshiping tower of the Chenla. Right next to the pagoda is a temple called Hoàng Cô Temple, which is worshiping Nguyễn Ánh’s sister (emperor Gia Long).
– Tomb of Nguyễn Tấn Kiều and tomb of Võ Duy Dương: these are Vietnamese heroes during the uprising against the French colonialists in the second half of the 19th century.
Every year, at Gò Tháp archaeological relic, a festival is held to commemorate the merits of Bà Chúa Xứ – March 15 (lunar calendar) and two national heroes Võ Duy Dương and Nguyễn Tấn Kiều – November 15 (lunar calendar). During the festival, many cultural, spiritual activities and folk performances attract special attention of local people and tourists from all over the world.
Due to its historical, cultural and scientific value Gò Tháp relic site has been recognized as a Heritage Site by the Ministry of Culture and Information.
Gò Tháp relic site
- Address: hamlet 1, Tân Kiều ward, Tháp Mười district, Đồng Tháp province.
- Best for: Family, solo, student
- Entrance: Free
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 17:00
- Other tourist spots nearby: Xẻo Quyét Relic Area, Gáo Giồng eco-tourism area, Kien An Cung Pagoda, Huynh Thuy Le ancient house, Tràm Chim National Park, The tomb of Nguyễn Sinh Sắc…