French Light House

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Ly Son Lighthouse is located in the East Hamlet, An Hai. Built in 1890, it was the headquarters of the island’s French colonialists and included an office, a tower and a kitchen. In 1951, the building became a temporary prison. In later years, the United States Military also used the buildings as an office, and as a prison to detain revolutionary activists, such as Vo Khe, Tran Quy, and Le Thien, and others.

The buildings preserve much of the former French architecture. They may be the most typical French-style buildings on the island, especially the office. It has several rooms separated by walls of up to 60 centimeters thick, and underground water tanks that keep the house warm in winter and cool in summer.

Originally, builders constructed the lighthouse with iron pillars that were 45 meters high. Inside, a spiral 362-step staircase wound its way up to the light. Renovated in 2000, the lighthouse is now more modern and spacious. It is hexagonal, with an average of 3.6 meters in diameter, with flared legs at the bottom. It is 50.4 meters above sea level and 45 meters from the ground. From the top, the range of the beam is about 21 nautical miles so, in theory, people from the mainland can spot it.

At the top and the middle of the tower are the yard, walkways, and handrails. Binoculars are available for visitors. Together with the peaks of Thoi Loi and Gieng Tien volcanoes, this is a place where tourists can observe much of volcanic Ly Son Island, and it’s especially amazing at sunrise or sunset—an experience visitors shouldn’t miss! 

Quang Ngai Province designated the French Light House a provincial monument in 2014.
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