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Three clusters of Cham towers you must visit in Binh Dinh

Translated by Bing
The land in present-day Binh Dinh province used to be the administrative-economic center of Cham Pa before belonging to Dai Viet in the late 15th century.

Quy Nhon Twin Towers

Quy Nhon city center has the famous Twin Towers and attracts many tourists to visit. There are many different names given to this tower, belonging to the land of Hung Thanh, the tower is also called Hung Thanh tower by the people here. Built in the XII century, when the country was still in the resistance period, France gave the tower a name Tour Khmer.

Around the corners of the tower are decorated with exquisite and eye-catching patterns with the image of the god Garuda, the sitting figure has 6 or 8 stone arms according to Cham religious beliefs. Combined with that is the elephant's head is the body of a skillfully carved lion, eye-catching.

Over the years, the tower has been destroyed by wars and bombs. If you notice, both towers lost their spires, and after being remodeled, today the tower is considered an interesting place to visit Quy Nhon.

Address: Tran Hung Dao Street, Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province.

Little Cake Tower

Banh Little Tower is one of a cluster of four towers located on a hillside built in the late 11th century. The tower architecture represents the transition period from My Son A1 style to Binh Dinh style.

Although the building has been repeatedly looted and nothing precious remains, we still learn about the aesthetics and beliefs of the ancient Cham people through the statues of Lord Shiva on top of each tower, the floral motifs on the red bricks, and the uniquely carved columns in the main tower. The building may have once been an important religious site of the Cham Pa state, and today is still the site of many local Buddhist ceremonies.

From the top of the largest tower towards the horizon, one can see the serene countryside in the distance. That scene still brings the familiar beauty of Vietnamese village life. But the tour made us think: hundreds of years ago, farmers working in the shade of these buildings spoke their own language, worshipped their own gods, were people of another independent country.

Address: Phuoc Hiep, Tuy Phuoc, Binh Dinh

Duong Long Tower

Built in the late 12th and early 13th centuries, about 40km from the inner city of Quy Nhon, the three towers all face the East, the largest tower has a height of 24m. The stones have been more or less damaged, so visitors are not allowed to approach arbitrarily. However, thanks to previous researches, we know that in the tower are placed various kinds of reliefs of trees and flowers, animals and people. Based on the age and architectural style, it can be guessed that the building was built according to the influence of neighboring Khmer culture.

At the top of the three towers is a statue of a lotus flower blooming in the sun. Although it can be seen from the ground, it is really necessary to use a drone to take photos from above to fully admire the beauty of the building. 

Address: Tay Son, Binh Dinh


Photo by: Alberto Prieto

According to saigoneer

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