Kim Quy Cave

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Kim Quy Grotto
Kim Quy Grotto

Kim Quy Cave or Golden Tortoise cave is situated on Dam Nam Islet, with a peak 187 m above sea level. Come to Kim Quy cave, visiter can amagine a tortoise with a peak 187 m above sea level. Dâm Bac Islet is in the front of the grotto and Soi Sim Islet in the back.

Kim Quy Grotto
Kim Quy Grotto
Kim Quy Cave is 100 m long and 5 to 10 m wide, running in a north-south direction.

A narrow way leads to the interior of the grotto where a stream flows. The stalactites here are snow-white and lightly hang from the ceiling.

It is linked to the ancient legend of the Golden Tortoise: after having helped Emperor Lê Loi defeat his enemies, the Golden Tortoise took back the magic sword he had given him, and swam towards the sea. Arriving in Ha Long Bay, it met with so many evil spirits and demons hindering its journey that it remained to do battle. After having defeated them all, the Golden Tortoise was so exhausted that it searched for a grotto to rest in, and once inside, turned to stone.

Today in Kim Quy Cave, it can be found dozing, still with ancient wounds covering its body.