Ke Ga Lighthouse
Ke Ga Lighthouse is located on Ke Ga Island, 300m offshore of the mainland, which belongs to Tan Thanh Commune, Ham Thuan Nam District, Binh Thuan Province. It is the tallest and oldest lighthouse in Southeast Asia.
According to lighthouse keepers on Ke Ga Island, in the late 19th century Ke Ga Island was considered to be in a very important position because ships had difficulty navigating the sea route from Phan Rang to Vung Tau. Many boats and ships crossing the area sank because they could not define their co-ordinates and position. To ensure the safety for transport ships of French troops and foreign merchant ships, the French built a big lighthouse on the island in 1897. It was completed in 1899 and was put into operation in 1900.
Inside the tower is a spiral staircase made with steel with 183 steps leading to the top. All the materials to make the staircase and the dynamo and lamp were imported from France.
At the foot of the tower is a concrete road leading down to the bottom of the hill. Both sides of the road are shaded all year round by two rows of old Su trees planted by the French when the lighthouse began construction.
Currently, Ke Ga Island and the lighthouse are an attractive destination for tourists to Binh Thuan Province. On nice days, about 10km offshore from the mainland, ships and boats still see the old lighthouse with its unique architecture.