Cannon Fort is one of the famous historical relics of the Cat Ba archipelago, belonging to Cat Ba National Park. Cannon Fort was built in 1942 at a strategically important position at the gateway to the East Sea, with the mission of safeguarding Vietnam’s maritime frontier during the resistance war against France and the war against the US.
Cannon Fort is located on the top of a hill 177m above sea level, including a battlefield of large naval guns and a system of tunnels and trenches built from the 1940s. Visiting Cannon Fort, you will admire the majestic natural landscape, view the panoramic view of the Cat Ba archipelago from above, and learn about the heroic historical stories of the soldiers and people here.
To get to Cannon Fort, you can walk or rent a motorbike, electric car from the center of Cat Ba town, it only takes about 10 minutes. Cannon Fort is located in the west of Cat Ba Island, about 1km from the center of Cat Ba National Park. In addition, thanks to its location near the natural Kim Giao forest, the area around the cave has a quite cool atmosphere, convenient for tourists when visiting.
Stepping into Cannon Fort, you will admire the artworks created from the limestone grains in the cave, such as paintings, statues, patterns… You will also hear historical stories of the resistance period, about the soldiers and nurses who sacrificed and fought in the cave. You will also see the utensils, medical equipment, weapons, living utensils… of the military and people during that time. In addition, you will also hear legends about Ba Chua Trung Trang, who summoned the young men to go to sea to repel foreign invaders and protect the Cat Ba archipelago.
Cannon Fort is not only an attractive tourist spot, but also a place to preserve and honor the historical, cultural, and spiritual values of the Vietnamese people. Come and experience the beauty of Cannon Fort, and feel the pride and respect for those who have sacrificed for the country.