The glutinous rice cake towers

A feature on the Banh It Towers in Vietnam’s Binh Dinh Province.

Banh It Cham Towers, Vietnam Net Bridge 20120612
Banh It Cham Towers, Vietnam Net Bridge 20120612

Evidence of time and Cham culture at Banh It towers
Vietnam Net Bridge, 12 June 2012

If you are on a journey from the South to the North, when passing Tuy Phuoc District in Binh Dinh Province at Ba Di Bridge, you are fortunate enough to witness the stunning Cham Towers in the distance highlighted with the recognizable red bricks amidst the endless green mountains.

They are the complex of Banh It Towers, an old tower cluster of Champa people. Standing under the foot of the towers or on the peak on a high mount, tourists can sense the immenseness of the universe and never-ending of time.

The complex includes four towers built on a peak of a hill in Dai Loc Hamlet, Phuoc Hiep Commune, Tuy Phuoc District, about 20 kilometers from Quy Nhon City.

This is the most striking and best-preserved towers in the seven complexes of Cham towers in Binh Dinh Province. The Banh It Tower has got specific architectural characteristics and is one of the great temple-towers of the Champa Dynasty, which draw the attention of researchers and tourists.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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