Interesting Facts About Halong Bay You May Not Know
It is believed that Ha Long Bay was created by a dragon or a family of dragons. While it is agreed that “Hạ Long” translates to “descending dragon,” the origin stories vary. One story claims that a dragon plunged into the sea and used his tail to cut out islands. A different myth is shared about a family of dragons, sent by the king of heaven to help defend Vietnam in battle. A mother and her children spat jewels and jade that formed a way of islands to stop invaders.
Folklore has played a large role in the culture of Ha Long Bay as many locals utilize ancient legends and true historical events to name the islands.
Dau Go Cave (The Cave of Stakes)
When French colonists first saw Sung Sot Cave, they were awed by its beauty and shocked by the breathtaking nature of the formation. They deemed it the grotto of surprises. Over time, the name stuck.