Guidebook It oozes with Cham history


It oozes with Cham history

Quy Nhon is “famed for its Cham ruins dating back centuries,” says Jetstar. The town’s main pagoda, Long Khanh, is “easy to find thanks to the massive 17m tall Buddha standing proud here.” It dates back to the 16th century and is “intricately decorated, with brightly coloured dragon mosaics and in the grounds, a huge drum and an equally impressive giant bell.” And the architecture of the Cham Empire that once flourished here can be seen in the Thap Doi Cham towers -- “they're best visited at dusk, when the sky's changing colours create an atmospheric backdrop for some stunning photo opportunities.”

“Quy Nhon’s tranquil atmosphere belies its historical significance,” notes TNT Magazine. “Binh Dinh province -- of which Quy Nhon is the capital -- was the nucleus of the lost Cham civilization,” and “venerable relics of the kingdom, that dominated Vietnam’s centre and south between the second and fifteenth centuries, pepper the hillsides and valleys in and around Quy Nhon.”

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