Ly Son Island district
Ly Son Island is an outpost island district of Quang Ngai province. Its other name is Re island. The natural area of Ly Son Island district is over 9.9 km2, including Lon Island (Large Island) and Be Island (Small Island). The population now is over 20,400 people. The total coastline is over 25 kilometers. As one of the outpost islands of the country. Ly Son plays a very important role in the protection of sea sovereignty, security and the territorial integrity of the mainland.
LY Son is the remnant of an extinguished volcano sea products and growing garlic. Five high-rising peaks and the sea create the unique landscape of immense heavenly space and sea. On these peaks are forest plots. In the foothills are evergreen fields, roads and houses. Ly Son coasting is very beautiful. Beaches here are not suitable for bathing but the seabed is ideal for travelingunderwater to watch fish and corals and to catch sea snails. The coast margin from Hang Pagoda to Ly Son Cave is majestic scenery: on one side are huge cliffs sticking out and on the other side are the enormous heaven and sea.
According to legends of the Koru people, Ly Son Island was part of the Tra Bong Mountain Range floating to the East Sea after a fierce battle between the Water God and the hero Doang Doc To, head of TaliTalok village.
Geologists show that Ly Son Island was actually formed several million years ago when volcanoes erupted lava flowing over tectonic folds to form mountains. After that, layers of sediment rock rose form above the sea surface. In one period of sea transgression, such sediment rock layers and overlapped corals were turned to a ground for caves, grottos and “rock gate” o Thoi Loi Island. Now volcanic residuals are the lava blocks of various shapes that are not decomposed.
The very rich Ly Son culture is a chest of legends, folk stories and song. The competition of “ Tu Linh” boat rowing is organized in the early spring. The “ceremony of the substitution of soldiers of Hoang sa” is organized in the 2nd and 3rd Lunar months. Throughout the year Ly Son people also perform other ceremonies of the folk beliefs and they still keep the habit to worship the He (Whale) fish.
Especially, Ly Son island still preserves lots of important documents proving that Frighten Navy Group issued by the Nguyen dynasty in the 19t century. This edict had been kept by the Dang family clan for over 170 years. The Dang family clan organized a ceremony of handing over this valuable document to the Viet Nam state.
Hang pagoda is the largest of the caves on Ly Son Island. It is located inside a huge and sharply steep cliff on the Thoi loi peak. The cliff is nearly 20 meters in height. The width of the cave is 30 meters, the depth is 25 meters. The door of the cave is 15 meters in height and gradually lower inwards