LookAtVietnam – The Peopleâ€™s Committee of Binh Thuan Province has
assigned the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism to design a project to
explore the treasure with 4,000 tons of gold in Tuy Phong district.
Van Tiep (right) has been hunting down the treasure for a half of his life
For decades, many people have tried to hunt the famous treasure at Tau mount in
Phuoc The commune, Tuy Phong district, Binh Thuan province.
According to the HCM City Law Newspaper, Binh Thuan authorities have instructed
the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism to design a project to explore the
treasure. The first survey drillings will be made in the next several months.
This will be the last exploration of the treasure.
It has been rumored that in World War II, before leaving Vietnam, Japanese
General Tomoyuki Yamashita buried around 4,000 tons of gold and a lot of
valuables worth around $100 billion in the Tau mount. The treasures are the
assets that the Japanese General pillaged from pagodas, banks and museums in
It is said that at that time, the general commanded a train with sealed
carriages from Saigon to Suoi Kiet station in Binh Thuan province. The train was
guarded by a company of Japanese soldiers. At midnight, some ethnic minority
youngsters in Suoi Kiet and their headman were ordered to unload goods from the
train and carry the goods to the eastern forest.
Some people said that they have the map of the treasure.
Tran Van Tiep, from HCM City, is the most enthusiastic treasure hunter. Tiep
told Thanh Nien Newspaper that he has many old documents about this treasure.
After World War II, many Japanese came to Vietnam to find this treasure but they
Tiep unearthed a Japanese sword, some Japanese coins, a metal pipe, two Japanese
badges, etc. at the Tau mount. He said these are evidences for the existence of
On October 16 1993, Chairman of Binh Thuan province â€“ Dang Van Hai â€“ granted
license Tiep to â€śsearch for metalâ€ť at the Tau mount. Tiep hired both engineers
and telepaths to seek the treasure.
This man has been hunting for the treasure since 1994 but he has not found the