In 2008, Nguyen Thi Phuong’s family living in Ho Chi Minh City brought cherry blossoms from Da Lat to plant them all over her family’s hill in the Konplong district. Currently there are 115000 Cherry Blossom trees.
On the occasion of the Lunar New Year, locals and tourists in many provinces and cities are flocking to Mang Den town, KonPlong district (Kon Tum) to immerse themselves in the “cherry blossom festival.” These flowers are blooming all over the mountains.
Y Trang, the owner of Soc Mang Den Homestay, said that the forest cherry blossom trees here have been around for a long time. In 2008, Nguyen Thi Phuong’s family (living in Ho Chi Minh City) brought cherry blossoms from Da Lat to plant them all over her family’s hill in the Konplong district.
Visitors can see cherry blossoms at Dak Ke Lake, Ba Sy waterfall, Khanh Lam pagoda, the way to Ngoc Le Mountain, the central park area, along both sides of Highway 24, and throughout Mang Den town.
The ideal time to see cherry blossoms is early in the morning when the sky is still cloudy and the night dew is still hanging on the branches. This is also an ideal time for visitors to check in and save the radiant moment of spring.
Tran My Hanh, a female tourist from Ho Chi Minh City, said that after a year of hard work, her family took a car to the Konplong district (Kon Tum) to celebrate Tet early in the cherry blossom season.
“My whole family came to Mang Den right at the time when the cherry blossoms were in full bloom in the days leading to Tet. We took many beautiful photos. This New Year, I wish my family and friends always stay healthy, happy, and successful,” said Hanh.
According to local people, the beautiful cherry blossoms bloom for a month near the Lunar New Year. This town is becoming a hot tourist destination for countless visitors.
Pham Van Thang, Vice Chairman of the Konplong District People’s Committee, said that, unlike previous years, this year’s cherry blossoms in Mang Den bloomed on the occasion of the Lunar New Year. This is a great opportunity for the locality to stimulate demand and attract tourists.
Currently, this place has more than 115,000 cherry blossom trees, 1-14 years old. In the near future, the Konplong district encourages businesses and people to continue planting cherry blossoms along roads, parks, bare land, bare hills, and in gardens.
“We aim to build a brand around the cherry blossom tree and annually organize a Cherry Blossom Festival to attract tourists to Mang Den,” said Thang.
Mang Den national eco-tourism area, KonPlong district (Kon Tum) has long been considered by tourists as a resort paradise, “Da Lat of the North Central Highlands.”
Courtesy: Vietnam Times (Published on Jan 21, 2023)