The Tien Sa Light Station
Da Nang, Vietnam
The Tien Sa Light Station Da Nang Reviews
The Tien Sa Light Station Apr 11, 2016
The Tien Sa Light Station has been active since 1903 and (along with the Son Cha light 15 km to the northwest) marks the entrance to Da Nang Bay. Its 9m (30 feet) cylindrical masonry tower, which supports a gallery and lantern room, is painted white with a wide yellow band circling its mid-section. From a focal point of 158m (518 feet) above sea level, the lens signals two white flashes every10 seconds.
The Tien Sa Light Station is located about 20 km northeast of Da Nang at the end of the Sơn Trà peninsula inside the national park of the same name. It is accessible by motorbike. Go to China Beach and follow the beach road north until it comes to the giant white standing Buddha statue. Continue about 6.5 km to the tee intersection with a guarded entrance to the Intercontinental Resort. Go right for 2.6 km to a fork in the road and take the one to the right (downhill). Watch for a small hand painted sign at 1.6 km and the narrow paved track which angles back steeply - you can see the light tower from there before you descend. The entire route is well paved however extremely steep and winding so your motorbike needs to have good brakes and compression. After visiting the light station, backtrack the way you came.
During my visit parts of the tower were being repainted and one of the workers let me climb to the top for 20,000 VND (about US$1). The view was spectacular even though it was a hazy day. It would have been nice if someone spoke English to explain the operation of the lighting and rotation mechanism.
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