Location: Ba Den Mountain is located 11km
Northeast of Tay Ninh Town and 106km from Ho Chi Minh City.
Characteristics: It is a famous complex of cultural, historical and
beautiful sites covering an area of more than 24km2.
The complex includes three mountains: Heo, Phung and Ba Den, of which the
986m-high Ba Den is the highest peak in the south.
Ba Den Mountain is also called Black Lady Mountain. According to legends,
beautiful Ly Thi Thien Huong, Black Lady, was forced to marry the son of a rich
mandarin while she fell in love with a poor man who was fighting the aggressors.
Rather than marrying a man she did not love, she threw herself from the
mountain. Several shrines and pagodas were built in the mountain as well as in
the caves. Ba and Hang Pagodas attract many pilgrims during the New Lunar Year
and Vu Lan Festivals.
There are three ways to reach Ba Temple. If you go on foot, it takes you over
one hour to arrive at the destination. Cable cars take you 20 minutes to cover a
distance of 1200m. The sliding system includes two lines going upward and
downward, 1190m and 1700m in length respectively. It is impressive to take the
downward line as it will take you through lots of hair-raising bends and
corners. Ba Den Mountain was where the headquarters of the liberation force of
South Vietnam were located. During war time, many tough battles were fought in