Ba Den Mountain, standing at approximately 986 meters above sea level in Tay Ninh Province, is the tallest peak in Vietnam’s southern region, renowned for its natural landscapes and adorned with sacred pagodas and temples.
Given the scarcity of high mountains in the south, the summit, at an altitude of 986 meters, claims the title of the region’s highest peak.
The mountain is located approximately 10km northeast of Tay Ninh Province’s center and 96km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City.
It is connected with two other mountains, namely Heo Mountain and Phung Mountain, to form a mountainous complex covering 24 square kilometers.
|Lenticular clouds are seen atop Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, southern Vietnam, May 13, 2023. Photo: Sun World Ba Den Mountain
Acknowledged by the then-Ministry of Culture, now the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, the Ba Den Mountain complex attained recognition as a national historical site and scenic spot on January 21, 1989.
The site is revered as one of the most sacred in the south, drawing pilgrims from across Vietnam and around the world.
The focal point is the Linh Son Thanh Mau (Mother Goddess of the Mountain) temple, attracting millions seeking blessings annually.
|A panoramic view of the Linh Son Thanh Mau (Mother Goddess of the Mountain) temple on Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Supplied
To reach the pagoda, nestled on the mountainside, visitors can opt for a 10-minute cable car ride from the mountain’s base, which provides a panoramic view of the surrounding areas.
Another cable line ascends to the mountain’s summit, home to the intricately-carved 72m-tall Tay Bo Da Son, or Bodhisattva, statue, crafted from over 170 metric tons of bronze.
This statue was documented by the Asia Book of Records in 2021 as the tallest bronze Bodhisattva statue on a mountain in Asia.
|The Linh Son Thanh Mau (Mother Goddess of the Mountain) temple at night on Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Supplied
The station at the foot of the mountain, serving both cable car lines, also earned recognition from Guinness World Records on January 17, 2020 as the world’s largest cable car station.
For these attractions, Ba Den Mountain stands as one of the premier destinations in southern Vietnam for a day trip pilgrimage from Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring provinces.
|A view from a cable car on Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre