Incense Burner Islet
Rising from the emerald water, the Incense Islet (or also known as Dinh Huong Islet or Lu Huong Islet) is surrounded by the magnificent beauty of Halong Bay. As one of the most noticed islets, Dinh Huong Islet is definitely a place to visit when you come to Halong Bay.
Dinh Huong Islet is definitely a place to visit when you come to Halong Bay. Photo: internet
Location and Transportation:
Situated in the southwest of Halong Bay, after passing the Dau Go Cave (or so-called Wooden Head cave), visitors will come across The Incense Burner Islet (or also called Dinh Huong Islet or Lu Huong Islet) with its unique beauty. In addition, the Incense Burner Islet is also very near the famous Stone Dog Islet (also known as the Cho Da Islet) and only 6 kilometers far from Bai Chay Harbor.
To have a chance to observe this masterpiece, you can join a cruise that includes this islet as a stopping point. Other than that, you can also buy a ticket from the management board of Bai Chay Harbor. We guarantee that you can collect a lot of new and interesting information from the tour guides.
Incense burner islet is situated in the southwest of Halong Bay. Photo: internet
Explanations for the name Incense Burner Islet
In Vietnamese, the incense burner means “dinh huong” or “lu huong”. The reason why people named this destination the Incense Burner Islet is due to the shape of this islet. From a far distance, the islet looks like a gigantic incense burner.
It is called Incense Burner Islet is due to the shape of this islet. Photo: internet
The islet’s appearance and meaning
As I mentioned above, from far away, the islet has the shape of an incense burner with a huge limestone mountain as its body and four tiny pillars beneath which can only be seen fully when the tide level is low. Visiting the Dinh Huong Islet, visitors can directly feel the imposing and proud aura of the islet.
Combining with its position in the Southwest of Dau Go Cave which holds back the water, the Incense Burner Islet is also similar to the partition which is protecting the Dau Go Cave. In spite of the fact that the enormous body of the Incense Burner only stands on four tiny limestone pillars-which makes this islet looks very fragile, it still stands proudly and imposingly challenging the storms and waves through many years.
Visiting Ha Long Bay. Photo: internet
An object to offer sacrifices to the Heaven
Not only famous for the interesting shape, but the Incense Burner Islet is also a statue of meaning, a sacred image and a holy symbol of Vietnam. The limestone, which has the shape of an incense burner standing in the middle of the ocean, is compared to a marvelous object to offer sacrifices to the Heaven and Earth.
It reminds us to our old tradition which stated that When you eat a fruit, think of the man who planted the tree. The Islet is like a monument to the war dead, to all those people who had sacrificed their lives for the independence and freedom of our country. It’s also considered as a symbol to express our gratitude to the Dragon Mother in our legend, who had played a great role in the victory to fight against the invaders.
A fishing village in Ha Long Bay. Photo: Internet
The image of the Incense Burner Islet on the 200.000 VND bill
Nowadays, the image of the Incense Burner Islet is printed on the 200.000 VND bill as a sign to remind people of the meaningful and beautiful symbol of this islet. At the end of the observation, tourists can also buy a postcard that has the image of the Incense Burner Islet as a gift for their friends and family.
As a beautiful destination both on the landscape aspect and the meaning aspect, the Incense Burner Islet is always on the top must-visited place when visitors come to Halong Bay. So what are you waiting for? Let have a trip to Halong Bay and witness the beauty of this masterpiece right now!!
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