La Vang church, Vietnam
Trung tâm Thánh mẫu La Vang.
La Vang today is a holy place and an important pilgrimage of Catholics in Vietnam, located in Hai Lang district, Quang Tri province, Hue. The holy Mary is said to appear in this area in 1798.
During the great persecution (1798-1801) many Catholics took refuge in the jungle nearby where they experienced hunger and sickness. One day, as the people had gathered, the figure of a lady surrounded by many lights appeared. She presented herself as the Mother of God. She promised that all who took refuge would have their prayers heard. Mary appeared on several occasions at the same site. After the persecution in 1802, the Catholics left their jungle hiding place and returned to their villages.
However, the story of the Lady Mary and its message was passed on. In 1820 a chapel was built at the site. From 1820-1885 still another wave of persecution haunted the Catholic population. More than 100,000 Vietnamese Catholics died as martyrs. In 1885 the chapel in honor of Our Lady of La Vang was destroyed by a fanatic and later rebuilt in 1901.
If you are booked on a tour towards the Phang Na cave or the Phang Na region you are most likely to stop at La Vang church. Most tour agents stops here for a break.