Phu Quoc Magic Well, also known as Gieng Tien or Gieng Ngu is not only a historical but also mysterious attraction that should not be missed for all visitors to Phu Quoc.
Location and history
The Magic Well, Gieng Ngu, is located 2 km away from An Thoi Ward. It is not only a historical but also mysterious attraction that should not be missed for all visitors to Phu Quoc.
In the 17th century, on running away from Tay Son troops, Lord Nguyen and his army got thirsty due to a shortage of fresh water. At that time, in order to survive, he knew nothing to do but pointing his sword up in the sky and prayed “If the Highest still wants me to the King, please provide me food and water!”. Then, as soon as he dug the sword down in the ground, there surprisingly appeared a flow of fresh water coming up. The place is named as Gieng Ngu, The King’s Well or the Magic Well.
By choosing Phu Quoc as a shelter to take a rest and recover loss from the war with Tay Son Revolt, Lord Nguyen could defeat the Tay Son troops and get control over Saigon-Gia Dinh a few years later.
Significances and what to see
Beautiful landscapes of a lake with mountainous and green backgrounds here on the island surely satisfy visitors. On the mountain, there lies a small temple and a pink stone armchair, also known as the King’s armchair. As you approach the Magic Well, you will see a stele marked “The King’s Sword” to show the point where the water came out after the sword reached the ground.
What too see:
- Footprint of Kien Giang (Lord Nguyen): You can see the emperor’s footprint embedded in stone here.
- Natural spring well: The freshwater here is often collected for drinking.
- King Gia Longs Sword Mark – The spot where Gia Long thrust down his sword in the rock and out came the spring water.
- White sand beach: The Gieng Ngu Beach located here has a nice white powdery sand and the sea is crystal clear
- Lord Nguyen’s Throne: A rock shaped like a chair that the local people called a throne.
How to travel to Magic Well
1st option: Go accross the forest
2nd method: You can join a tour group or commission your own boat from either Star Beach, Khem Beach, or An Thoi port. The boat will drop you off at a nice white sand beach where you can now walk to visit the various historical areas of this site. The cost of the boat from Khem Beach to the Tien Well is 300,000VND to 400,000VND but you can divide this cost amongst 6-8 people. In case the sky is clear, you can easily look through the crystal clear ocean and watch the coral.
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