Why Da Nang Cathedral is special
Da Nang Cathedral is the cathedral of Da Nang Diocese in central Vietnam. This is the only church built in Da Nang city in the French colonial period.
The imposing, candy pink cathedral is known locally by the slightly less imposing name ‘Rooster’ (Con Ga) Church. The name comes from the rooster that sits atop the impressive steeple.
According to an explanation from the priest, the rooster on the roof of the church is not in fact the symbol of France, but is a symbol associated with St Peter’s story in the Gospel about repentance and awakening.
Built in 1923 for Da Nang’s French colonial population, the cathedral is an easy half kilometer walk from the CBD. The church officially opened its doors on 10 March 1924 with the purpose of serving the French Catholics who lived in Da Nang at that time. Now, the cathedral still functions as a lively place of worship; in fact late comers for services often find all the seats are taken.
What to explore at Da Nang Cathedral
The church was designed with Gothic styles. Inside the church, there are holy pictures and statues illustrated the Bible events as motifs of Western churches. On the top roof of the church at the lightening rod position, there is with a statue of a gray rooster made of alloyed used to determine the directions of the winds.
The cathedral measures about 70 meters in height, and it’s Gothic style design is an amazing and marvelous architectural structure incorporating several medieval stained glass windows of various saints. The Cathedral has been awarded a medal by the Vatican Holy See.
Behind the church is a grotto of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is a replica of the Lourdes Grotto in France.
At present, the cathedral serves 4,000 parishioners, and offers services in different languages with sermons in English every Sunday at 09h00. Late comers for services often find all the seats are taken.
The Da Nang Cathedral is a wonderful religious site, well worth a visit whilst you are discovering the beauty of the land and people of seaside city.
Getting to Da Nang Cathedral
From Da Nang international airport: 3 km away, go by motorbike or bicycle
From Da Nang train station: 2 km away, go by motorbike or bicycle
From Hoi An ancient town: 30 km away, go by taxi or bus