La Vang Church- La Vang Holy Land

La Vang Church - Phong Nha Locals

La Vang Church Introduction

La Vang Church the La Vang Holy Land or our lady of La Vang Church, is a well-known tourist attraction for tourists when traveling to Vietnam, the S-shaped country of Asia. Moreover, the church is famous for being a religious spot for people-especially Catholics, to worship, pilgrimage, and wish for the best in life.

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La Vang Church – La Vang Holy Land – Phong Nha Locals

La Vang Holy Land location

You can find Duc Me La Vang Church, or our Lady of La Vang Catholic Church, in Hai Phu commune, Hai Lang district, Quang Tri province.

Back in the spring of history under the regime of Lord Nguyen Hoang in Quang Tri Citadel, the church was built in the Dinh Cat area and this place belongs to the Hai Phu commune nowadays.

How to get there?

The distance from La Vang Church to Hue City is 60km and it is about 160km from Danang City. Moreover, it will take more hours to move from Hoi An to the church with a distance of up to 200 km.

There are so many ways to get to Lady of Lavang Church such as by bus, car, or take a taxi. Furthermore, if you are crazy about an adventurous journey or backpacker, you can rent a scooter to begin your journey.

Please refer to the map below to get more detail about the route from Phong Nha to La Vang Church:

According to your start – it can be Phong Nha or Dong Hoi, you can book our private transfer to reach La Vang Church such as Hue to Phong Nha private car, Hue to Phong Nha Private Car, Da Nang to Phong Nha private car or Danang to DMZ private car.

Our private transfer service is the best for you because we will allow you to admire the beautiful scenery with English-speaking drivers.

The history of La Vang Church, Quang Tri Province

In the past, it was the time between the years 1765 and 1801. There were a lot of civilians suffering from war, hunger, and living bad lives in prisons. Some people had to face the loss of their family members, which deeply created trauma inside them.

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La Vang holy land, Quang Tri, Vietnam

Until 1798, when the Lady holding a Baby appeared in La Vang Church, everyone had a strong belief that this Lady is Virgin Mary and the baby is Baby Jesus.

Origin of the name “La Vang”

The name “La Vang” originated from two legendary stories. The first one is from the old war when soldiers will try to hide their bodies inside the forest and green jungle. Hence, it is pretty hard to call and interact with each other. The only way to do it is to shout out if there is any danger around. In Vietnamese, the forest echo is “La Vang”.

Second, it is from the name of a tree in the forest. In Quang Tri, there are a large number of a kind of trees with the name:  “La Vang”. In 1798, Vietnamese Catholics were under persecution. Many Catholics came into the deep forest to hide and save their lives.

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Origin of the name “La Vang”

Because of the bad condition in the forest, they had to suffer from cold weather, wild beasts, sickness, and starvation. At that time, Blessed Mother appeared and told them to use the leaves from the Lang Vang trees as an effective medicine to cure. Also, she said that she welcomed them to visit and worship to wish for the best. She would always listen to them.

What to explore?

La Vang Church has overcome and connected with different historical events and milestones. The first thing you have to and must visit is the beauty and unique architecture of the church. Following the Catholic church’s style, La Vang Church possesses traditional features like a picturesque painting in the gallery.

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What to explore in La Vang Church?

Next, there are two bell towers situated in the center of La Vang Holy Land Vietnam. These two bell towers belong to the dear Basilica of Our Lady of La Vang. People built it from 1924 to 1929. Because of the war, it was renovated in 1959. Unfortunately, in 1972, the valuable Basilica was completely exploited due to the worst war.

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Basilica of Our Lady of La Vang

As a major Vietnamese pilgrimage area, our Lady of La Vang Statue four meters in height is surrounded by three banyan trees. Moreover, you can find many statues of the Lady of La Vang, wearing Ao dai and holding Jesus’s baby in her arm, around the Sanctuary to express belief and respect.

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Lady of La Vang Statue

Besides, you can easily catch the 14 sculptures called “Way of the Cross” in the square of La Vang Church. These sculptures show the progression of Jesus’ passion. When he underwent his condemnation to his crucifixion. After all, he was finally buried.

Last but not least, if you are truly a believer, you cannot miss Our Lady of La Vang well. People often come and drink water here to show their respect to Our Lady. Additionally, they believe that the water from the well can cure disease.

La Vang pilgrimage festival

Every year, La Vang Church will celebrate the Lavang pilgrimage festival in August around the 13th, 14th, and 15th. Especially Catholics (Priests and Bishops) from all over the world, as well as Catholics from Vietnam, will come and participate in the festivals.

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La Vang pilgrimage festival

According to history, people held the pilgrimage festival of Our Lady of Lavang for the very first time in 1901. Plus, there are other different interesting activities like nightly prayers in this festival for you to join.

In conclusion, Phong Nha Locals have just shared La Vang Church – The most famous Catholic holy land in Vietnam, with you. If you have a chance to travel to Quang Tri, do not forget to visit the Holy Land of La Vang! This is truly one of the best places in Quang Tri to gain more knowledge about Catholics and our Lady of La Vang.

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