Two long-standing religious buildings made of wood in Kon Tum

The Cathedral and the Bishop’s Palace combine European architecture with Central Highlands culture.

 

Two long-standing religious buildings made of wood in Kon TumLocated on Nguyen Hue Street, the Cathedral is a familiar destination for tourists when coming to Kon Tum city (Kon Tum province). The project was built by French priests from 1913 to 1918.

Located on Nguyen Hue Street, the Cathedral is a familiar destination for tourists when coming to Kon Tum city (Kon Tum province). The project was built by French priests from 1913 to 1918.

Made entirely of cypress wood, the building is often called a wooden church. The architect designed the house in Roman style combined with the stilt house architecture of the Ba Na people. At the top of the tower is a towering precious wooden cross, demonstrating the majesty and eternity of the cathedral.

Made entirely of cypress wood, the building is often called a wooden church. The architect designed the house in Roman style combined with the stilt house architecture of the Ba Na people. At the top of the tower is a towering precious wooden cross, demonstrating the majesty and eternity of the cathedral.

The church's frame consists of four rows of wooden columns, placed on solid stone bases that can withstand the test of time.

The church’s frame consists of four rows of wooden columns, placed on solid stone bases that can withstand the test of time.

Inside the cathedral there are many small rows of columns linked together by wooden arcs.

Inside the cathedral there are many small rows of columns linked together by wooden arcs.

The cathedral has many stained glass windows depicting biblical stories. Thanks to that, the church has more natural light and increased brilliance and splendor.

The cathedral has many stained glass windows depicting biblical stories. Thanks to that, the church has more natural light and increased brilliance and splendor.

The brown color of the wood and the patterned lines reflect the culture and beliefs of the Central Highlands people.

The brown color of the wood and the patterned lines reflect the culture and beliefs of the Central Highlands people.

Every day, the wooden church in Kom Tum attracts many visitors. On Christmas, thousands of parishioners of all ethnicities come to church. They stay in the empty lot on the right, sometimes for a whole week to attend the ceremony.

Every day, the wooden church in Kom Tum attracts many visitors. On Christmas, thousands of parishioners of all ethnicities come to church. They stay in the empty lot on the right, sometimes for a whole week to attend the ceremony.

Another wooden building is the Kon Tum Bishop's Palace (Tran Hung Dao Street, Kon Tum City), built in 1935. The building combines Western architecture with traditional indigenous features of Western ethnic groups. Original.

Another wooden building is the Kon Tum Bishop’s Palace (Tran Hung Dao Street, Kon Tum City), built in 1935. The building combines Western architecture with traditional indigenous features of Western ethnic groups. Original.

The bishop's palace stretches 100 meters long and has three floors. The first floor is built of brick and concrete, while the two upper floors are wooden frame structures with tiled roofs.

The bishop’s palace stretches 100 meters long and has three floors. The first floor is built of brick and concrete, while the two upper floors are wooden frame structures with tiled roofs.

The project has wide and long corridors with a system of floors, trusses, columns, ceilings, stairs... all built from precious wood harvested locally.

The project has wide and long corridors with a system of floors, trusses, columns, ceilings, stairs… all built from precious wood harvested locally.

The chapel inside the Bishop's Palace uses a lot of deep-colored wood, giving off an ancient, majestic look and a subtle atmosphere of the Central Highlands mountains and forests.

The chapel inside the Bishop’s Palace uses a lot of deep-colored wood, giving off an ancient, majestic look and a subtle atmosphere of the Central Highlands mountains and forests.

Surrounding the Bishop's Palace is a large campus with many perennial trees. The highlight is two rows of shady porcelain trees at the entrance, bringing peace and quiet. Kon Tum Bishop's Palace is closed on Tuesdays, the remaining days of the week are open to visitors.

Surrounding the Bishop’s Palace is a large campus with many perennial trees. The highlight is two rows of shady porcelain trees at the entrance, bringing peace and quiet. Kon Tum Bishop’s Palace is closed on Tuesdays, the remaining days of the week are open to visitors.