The Enchanted Legend about Thien Cung Grotto



Thien Cung Grotto 

1. Thien Cung Grotto - One of The most beautiful grotto in Halong Bay 

Thien Cung Grotto (Heaven cave) is situated in Dau Go Island on the Southwest Ha Long Bay, about 4 km from the wharf outside of Halong City. It is located in a small range of islands that resemble a throne embracing two superb grottoes at its core. Thien Cung Grotto is at the height of 25 meters above the sea level. The entrance to Thien Cung Grotto is perilous, covered on both sides by thick forest. Visiting the grotto, tourists will feel like visiting an art museum with variety of sophisticated statues and reliefs. In the center of the grotto, there are four big pillars propping against the roof. Thien Cung Grotto is related to a legend about a love story between a beautiful young lady named May (Cloud) and the Dragon Prince. Their wedding was celebrated in the centre of the grotto and attended by the whole animal kingdom as well as gods from the heaven.


Thien Cung Grotto 



2. The Enchanted Legend about Thien Cung Grotto

All of the scenes of their wedding, which lasted for seven days and seven nights, have been seemingly fossilized in the grotto. In the center, there are four large pillars supporting the “roof of heaven”. From the base to the top, many strange images seem to exist in the stone, including birds, fish, flowers and even scenes of human life. According to the legend, in honor of the wedding, small dragons flew about through the stalactites and stalagmites, elephants danced together happily, snakes twined themselves around trees and two stone lions danced with their manes flowing in the wind. A large elephant, smartly dressed, waited for the bride and the groom. The genies of the south and north stars also came to attend the banquet, and the atmosphere was definitely animated and lively. On the north wall of the grotto, a group of fairies seems to be singing and dancing in honor of the wedding. Under the immeasurably high roof, stalactites form a natural stone curtain. There is also the sound of a beating drum made by the wind blowing through the stone. In the last chamber of the grotto, a natural gushing stream of water babbles throughout the year. Here there are three small ponds of clear water. One path meanders out of the grotto. It was the way Mây, together with 50 of her children, took to harvest new lands. The 50 remaining children, together with their father, were left to build the native land. Left behind by the mother was the natural stream described above


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