Cac Co cave is located in Thay pagoda complex in Sai Son commune, Quoc Oai district, Hanoi, northern Vietnam. We at Lotussia run Hanoi day trip to Cac Co cave.
Crossing the stone steps to come to the top of the pagoda and passing a gliding stone flap, we came to the entrance. The cave is deep and dark; we need to use the torch and stepping carefully to reach the floor. Crossing the vertical staircases, we could see the tank of skeletons. It was a big tank made from stone. There is an altar in front of it and there was a small square enough for the head of the human. Looking in the tank by the torch, we could see many parts of human bones, and a feeling of shivering came. There are some real money, paper money for dead people.
That was the battle of the general Lu Gia. When he was discovered by the enemy, he lead the soldiers to hide in this cave and when being discovered by the enemy, they used stone to block the entrance and all the people inside were dead – According to the temple guard, Mr Ta Van Chinh.
According to the stories of many generations, Mr. Chinh added they found this cave with the skeletons overlapping each other and they made a tank of stone to put them in. Nobody could list the number of the skeletons but there are statistics written in books of history that there are about thousands of them.
There is also a spring called bone spring in the cave. In order to come to this spring, people have to cross a long path and that may take some hours.
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