When it comes to Halong, people often think of Halong bay – the World Natural Heritage, sprawling white beaches, Thien Cung cave, Titov Island and attractive specialties … But there is a place in Halong you should not miss in your trip, it is Bai Tho Mountain or Poem Mountain – a famous poetic and lyrical image of Halong bay with its charming beauty.
With the height of about 200 meters, Poem Mountain is one of the highest mountains in the Cua Luc Sea. The mountain is not only adjacent to the residential area but also near the sea; so that from the mountain, the visitors may have a good view to see the surrounding scenes especially the view of luxury yachts travelling on the bay with mighty stone pillars in the blue of the sky and the water. It is said that, to enjoy the beauty of Halong bay completely, the only way is to climb on the top of Poem Mountain to see the bay. It is a distinctive view of the bay that can help you to feel the magnificent and fabulous beauty of the Northwestern sea and sky. Moreover, the fresh and open atmosphere in the top of the mountain can make you feel comfortable and pleasant after tired climbing.
The former name of the mountain is Truyen Dang Mountain (also called Roi Den Mountain). It is not without reason that the mountain is called Roi Den. Long ago, the frontier soldiers on the mountain used to set a fire and lighten the beacon to show the signals for boats in the sea off. Until when the king Le Thanh Tong wrote a poem on the cliff of the Mountain, the name has changed up to now. Situated in the center of Halong city, Poem Mountain looks like a 3-floor tower when being seen from a far distance. The mountain has many culture values as well as historical values. Indeed, beside many cultural relics – the ancient poems of King Le Thanh Tong and sages craved on the cliffs, the mountain is the hiding place for our army in fierce war time of the war against the United States in 20th century. It can be said that, the beauty of the mountain and the bay had seduced many poets and artists to create many art masterpieces for the descendants including King Le Thanh Tong and Trinh Cuong … In the root of the mountain, there is a pagoda which is called Long Tien. Being built in 1940 with special and impressive architecture, the pagoda is set up by the local residents to worship Buddha for a better life and good weather for fishermen. The pagoda is considered as the biggest pagoda in Halong city. Near the pagoda, there is a trail lead to the peak of the mountain. Visitors should come to the pagoda to visit and pray before starting to climb up to the mountain. The way to the peal of the mountain is not easy to climb, it is quite adventurous for you to go up when you have to grip onto the cliffs and watch the trail carefully. However, along the route to the top of the mountain you can see the goats and even naughty monkeys; blooming wild flowers and colorful butterflies float around you.
When reaching the top of the mountain, you seem to become a giant; all the things under the mountain are small even mighty stone pillars on the bay. All the tiredness when climbing are faded out with the blowing wind and the fresh air. It is very fantastic!