Binh Duong is a province in southeast Vietnam. A majority of its population are of the Kinh ethnic group. There are also other ethnic groups in Binh Duong province, namely Khmer, Stieng, Hoa and Tay. Main religions are Buddhism, Catholism and Caodainism.

Binh Duong Province
Binh Duong Province
Roman Catholic Diocese of Phú Cường
Roman Catholic Diocese of Phú Cường in Binh Duong

Binh Duong boasts many traditional craft industries, with products such as lacquerware, wood furniture, kniting, potteries and terra-cotta items such as dishes, plates, pots and vases. Lai Thieu pottery is famous throughout the country.

Lai Thieu Pottery Village
Lai Thieu Pottery Village
Pottery chickens made by the artists in Lai Thieu Village
Pottery chickens made by the artists in Lai Thieu Village

Binh Duong does not have many beauty spots, but when it comes to this province, people remember the Lai Thieu orchards with rambutan, jackfruit, strawberry and custard-apple. Visitors can buy fruit right in the gardens, they can pick fruit for eating on the spot or for taking away. They can also buy fruit at shops across Lai Thieu.

Many delicious fruits in Lai Thieu orchards
Many delicious fruits in Lai Thieu orchards

Binh Duong is home to Soc Xiem, a popular tourist site which is an ideal place for hunting and fishing. Romantic natural scenery of waterfalls and blue lakes between hills make the scene more spectacular.

Spectacular natural scenery of Soc Xiem
Spectacular natural scenery of Soc Xiem

Apart from Lai Thieu orchards and Soc Xiem tourist site, Binh Duong province possesses a number of famous sites such as the Ba Pagoda, which is located in the provincial capital of Thu Dau Mot. This is one of well-known pagodas of the Hoa ethnic group. It was founded in the mid 19th century. Though it is called Ba Pagoda, it is actually the temple dedicated to Thien Hau Holy Mother, a goddess who is worshiped by Asian residents. Located on a large area, the pagoda was built in accordance with the architecture of Hoa ethnic people’s pagodas and temples. Every year, on the fourteen and fifteenth days of the first lunar month, a procession ceremony took place, attracting a large number of pilgrims, mostly Vietnamese of Chinese origin, who come to borrow money, pay loans and pray for wealth.

Ba Pagoda-Binh Duong
Ba Pagoda – the temple dedicated to Thien Hau Holy Mother

In addition to the Ba Pagoda, there are Hoi Son Chau Thoi Pagoda, founded by Zen Master Khanh Long in the early 18th century and Hoi Khanh Pagoda, founded by Zen Master Dai Ngan in 1741. Hoi Khanh Pagoda, which is now located at 35 Yersin, Phu Cuong ward, Thu Dau Mot town, was once a Buddhist centre of the ancient land of Binh An. /.