Tien Giang is a province in the Mekong Delta River with many natural beauties that captivate tourists. The province’s tourism is increasingly developing because there are many destinations that attract tourists to visit. These destinations can be mentioned as Dong Tam Snake Farm, Thoi Son Islet, Vinh Trang Pagoda… Besides, this place also has many places associated with history that many tourists seek out, and the most popular one us Rach Gam – Xoai Mut Victory historical relic. 

Rach Gam Xoai Mut Battle

In 1784, after receiving Nguyen Phuc Anh’s request for help, 50,000 Siamese troops rushed to Vietnam and then attacked the Tay Son army base in My Tho. Receiving that the Siamese army was on the rampage, in January 1785, Nguyen Hue pulled troops to the South to station at My Tho city, choosing the section of the Tien River from Rach Gam to Xoai Mut, about 7km long, 1 – 2 km wide, in the middle of the river. There was Thoi Son island with dense trees, very convenient for hiding troops and setting up ambushes as a decisive battle point.

A depiction of the ambush at Rach Gam - Xoai Mut

A depiction of the ambush at Rach Gam – Xoai Mut on the wall

On the night of January 19 and 20, 1785, taking advantage of the tide flowing down the river, Chieu Tang proactively attacked My Tho with the intention of destroying the fleet of Tay Son army. Similarly, the Tay Son army pretended to be defeated and fled, allowing the enemies to enter the Rach Gam – Xoai Mut ambush battlefield. When the artillery command of the Tay Son army rang out, Nguyen Hue had already locked the head and the end; then the tiger guns on both banks were firing continuously. At the same time the kamikaze boat was filled with straw and other materials. The flammable object crashed straight into the enemy’s boat.

A depiction of the ambush at Rach Gam - Xoai Mut

Being suddenly attacked, the entire warship of the Siamese army was sunk in just one night, only a few thousand of the Siamese army escaped, Nguyen Anh was fortunate to be protected by Mac Tu Sanh and escaped to Siam, while Chieu Tang and Chieu Suong jumped ashore to find her way back to Siam. With the glorious victory, the Rach Gam Xoai Mut battlefield was described as a great wall to protect the nation.

General information about Rach Gam – Xoai Mut Victory Relic

Rach Gam – Xoai Mut Victory Relic is located in Dong hamlet, Kim Son commune, Chau Thanh district, Tien Giang province, next to the bank of Tien River, right in front of provincial road 864, about 12 km west of My Tho. The best way to visit this area, especially from Ho Chi Minh is a private car rental with a driver. The relic was put into use on January 20th, 2005, on the occasion of the 220th anniversary of the Rach Gam – Xoai Mut victory, with an area of 1.5 hectares including 03 exhibition houses:

Gallery No. 1: displays a series of ceramic mosaics and many artifacts related to the battle.

weapon at Rach Gam Xoai Mut Victory Relic

Cannons weapon of Tay Son army

Gallery No. 02: displays a collection of artifacts about Rach Gam – Xoai Mut, with about 546 artifacts including weapons and vehicles used by both sides.

artifacts in Rach Gam Xoai Mut Victory Relic

Pans make of copper in Rach Gam Xoai Mut Victory Relic

artifacts in Rach Gam Xoai Mut Victory Relic

artifacts in Rach Gam Xoai Mut Victory Relic

Ancient house with the style of Cochinchina: 03 rooms, 02 wings, 48 wooden columns, yin-yang tiled roof, house area 225m2.

ancient house in Rach Gam Xoai Mut Victory Relic

The space inside the ancient house is used to recreate the lives of rich farmers in the South in the past. This ancient house has been restored and moved intact from Go Cong district.

Rach Gam Xoai Mut Victory Relic inside

inside the ancient house at Rach Gam – Xoai Mut Victory Relic

At the Rach Gam Xoai Mut Victory Relic Area, there is also a monument to national hero Nguyen Hue located right in the central area. The statue is made of bronze, weighs 20 tons, is 8 meters high and is placed on a pedestal simulating the shape of a warship.

The statue is designed in a heroic sword-drawing posture. Not only that, next to the statue there is also a soldier holding a bow and an indigenous person rowing a boat, forming a perfect unity.

Rach Gam Xoai Mut Victory Relic

The Rach Gam Xoai Mut victory relic site was also ranked as a national monument by the Ministry of Culture and Information on December 2, 1992 and by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism as a special national monument.

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