The Magic Well, Gieng Ngu, is located 2km away from An Thoi Ward. It is not only a historical but also mysterious attraction that should not be missed by any visitors of Phu Quoc.
In the 17th century, when running away from Tay Son troops, Lord Nguyen and his army got thirsty due to a shortage of fresh water.
At that time, in order to survive, he knew only to point his sword up to the sky and pray “If the Highest still wants me to the King, please provide me food and water!”.
Then, as soon as he dug the sword down in the ground, surprisingly, there appeared to be a flow of fresh water coming up. The place is named as Gieng Ngu, The King’s Well or the Magic Well.
By choosing Phu Quoc as a shelter to rest and to recover from the lost war with Tay Son Revolt, Lord Nguyen could defeat the Tay Son troops and get control over Saigon-Gia Dinh a few years later.
Beautiful landscapes of a lake with mountainous and green backgrounds here on the island surely satisfy visitors. On the mountain, there lies a small temple and a pink stone armchair, also known as the King’s armchair.
As you approach the Magic Well, you will see a stele marked “The King’s Sword” to show the point where the water came out after the sword reached the ground.
Photos of the Magic Well:
Visitors can reach the site by boat.
A chair-shaped rock near the well
The beach near the well
A small temple worshipping King Gia Long near the well
Inside the temple