The Sacred Highway – The Coast Road To Hue and Beyond

The Sacred Highway - The Coast Road To Hue and Beyond
Kit Davidson
Written by Kit Davidson

On the far eastern edge of Thua-Thien Hue Province lies a massive sandbar island, and a matching spit above it, that run for over 70 kms along the central Vietnam coast. These landforms both contain a large hill of sand on their seaboard sides, resulting in a wall of sand that blocks the estuaries and swamps of the Perfume River Delta from the energy and power of the raw, open ocean.

The inland side of the island and sandbar varies in width from less than a kilometer to several kilometers, and a road stretches the entire length, connecting the mountains of Phu Loc in the south with Quang Tri in the north. The road is lined with small villages and the ever-present and widespread agriculture fields, but the most visible and numerous structures along the way are the countless religious sites, facilities and structures.

For along this road, there are countless churches, dinhs, temples, pagodas, shrines, graves, cemeteries, and more. There is an amazing seamless integration between Buddhism and Catholicism, as well as some symbolism exchange, and it is these sites that make this drive so amazing.

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The full article includes lots of wonderful photos and detailed route maps.


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Kit Davidson

Kit Davidson

Kit has lived in Danang for a few years and gets out in the countryside quite a bit. He writes about his travels on his blog at:

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