Binh Dinh is the land of martial arts and the capital of Tay Son uprising movement at the end of the 18th century led by plain-cloths hero Quang Trung (also known as Nguyen Hue). The province is also the homeland of famous people such as Dao Tan, Xuan Dieu, Han Mac Tu, Che Lan Vien and Yen Lan. Binh Dinh is well-known for traditional genres of arts, including Tuong (classical opera) and bai choi (a performance-slash game in which participants bet on the missing words of poems or folksongs). The province is blessed with many landscapes and beaches which are seen as the most beautiful in the central region. Binh Dinh still preserves invaluable heritages with the most worthy of note being Cham towers. Visitors can view the antique and mysterious beauty of 7 tower groups, 14 Cham towers, of which Duong Long is described as the most beautiful and highest brick tower group in Southeast Asia. Most of Cham towers were built of brick in the 10th to 12th century and decorated with beautiful patterns around. It can be said that Cham towers in Binh Dinh have their own characteristics that reach the pinnacle of architecture and sculpture arts with a combination of both Cham and Khmer artistic styles, creating a special attraction for tourists and researchers.

Cham towers in Binh Dinh Province
The mysterious Cham towers in Binh Dinh
Tuong (classical opera)
Binh Dinh is the cradle of Tuong (classical opera)

Binh Lam tower was built on a high hill in Phuoc Hoa commune, Tuy Phuoc district, 22 km from Quy Nhon city. The 20m-high tower has a shape of a square vase with each side of 10 metres. The tower is divided into three floors decorated with sophisticated patterns and moderate architecture with graceful and strong lines. It is recognized as an architectural relic in 1993.

Binh Lam Tower
Binh Lam Tower

Banh It tower (Silver tower) was built at the end of the 21th century and the beginning of the 22nd century in Phuoc Hiep commune, Tuy Phuoc district, on the top of a hill located between Kon river’s branches of Tan An and Cau Ghanh, near National Highway 1A, about 20 km from Quy Nhon city. The tower’s name is taken from its shape that looks like a Banh it (Little Cake), a sticky rice cake with coconut or green bean stuffing wrapped in pinnate leaves. It is a complex of four towers, each with its own architecture style. In term of arts, Banh It tower is a special tower complex with diversified architecture of high art values among Cham towers. The Ministry of Culture and Information recognized the tower as an architecture relic in 1982.

Banh It tower
Banh It tower
Banh It (LIttle Cake)
Banh It (LIttle Cake)

Canh Tien tower (Bronze tower) was built inside Do Ban citadel (King citadel) in Nhon Hau commune, An Nhon district in the 17th century. The distinguishing feature of Canh Tien tower is the use of slads of violet and twisted-lining sculptured stone in the inside part of the wall pillars. The tower is delicate but solemn in style with four floors smaller toward the top. Each floor has its edge decorated where smaller floors were built. The architecture of the leaves upturned to the top creates the image of flying wings. From the shoulder of the tower up, four sides look like a fairy’s wings flying up, thus the tower is called Canh Tien. The Ministry of Culture and Information recognized the tower as an architecture relic in 1982.

Canh Tien Tower
Canh Tien Tower
Do Ban citadel
Do Ban citadel – the capital of the Champa kingdom, which is called Vijaya, which was built in 1000

Doi (twin) tower (Hung Thanh tower) was built at the end of the 12th century, lying in Dong Da ward, Quy Nhon city. It is a beautiful and unique architecture comprising two towers. Doi tower is rated a unique beauty of the Champa’s architecture art. Both towers are not square ones with many floors like the traditional Cham towers but a structure of two main parts: the body is square and the top has a shape of a tower with curved surface. At the corners of the tower are icons of the God bird Garuda raising both wings to lift up the roof of the tower. The top vault of the doors is raised up like arrows. The Ministry of Culture and Information recognized the tower as an architecture relic in 1980.

Twin Tower - Binh Dinh
Twin Tower – Binh Dinh

Duong Long tower (Ivory tower) was built at the end of the 12th century in Tay Binh commune, Tay Son district, about 50km from Quy Nhon city. It is a group of three Cham towers, each in the shape of a square vase with each side of 12 metres. The middle tower measures 42 m high meanwhile the two others in the South and the North are 34 m and 32 m. With a sophisticated sculpture, the architectural features are presented both gloriously glamorous and softly delicate. Animal decorative motifs are real in lively as well as miraculously mysterious. The Duong Long tower is evaluated as one of the most beautiful towers in the central region of Vietnam, with its distinguishing feature of a large size and respectful architectural style. The Ministry of Culture and Information recognized the tower as an architecture relic in 1980.

Duong Long tower (Ivory tower)
Duong Long tower (Ivory tower) –  one of the most beautiful in Central Vietnam

Phu Loc tower (Gold tower) is located in Nhon Thanh commune, An Nhon distric, 35 km from Quy Nhon city to the North with an ignorant and sad beauty. Tourist can see four directions of surrounding extraordinary and majestic scenery from the foot of the tower. The Ministry of Culture and Information recognized the tower as an architecture relic in 1995.

Phu Loc Tower
Phu Loc Tower

Thu Thiem tower was built on a relatively low location on the southern bank of Con river in Binh Nghi commune, Tay Son district, 35 km from Quy Nhon city to the North West. The tower has a small scale with sophisticated and mysterious style. The Ministry of Culture and Information recognized the tower as an architecture relic in 1995

You must be surprised when viewing the beauty of nature and hospitality of people in Binh Dinh, where traces of historical ups and down are left.