Spending a little time in Van Thuy Tu temple lets people know more about the tradition of worshipping whales, called Ca Ong (Lord Whale) by the local fishermen. Van Thuy Tu is located on Ngu Ong Street, Phan Thiet city. This temple was built in 1762 to honor a legendary whale, which was believed to be is a holy creature and the savior of fishermen and others living along the sea. In this temple, you can find nearly 100 whale skeletons and other species of fish of the same family are worshipped, more than half of which are 100-150 years old.
However, the main attraction is the 22-metre long whale skeleton considered as the biggest in Southeast Asia. Especially, there is a large burial ground for dead whales, which sometimes stranded on the shore. According to local sources, the last whale funeral was held in 2002.