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Binh Dinh Province to renovate Cham towers to make it tourist attraction

By Hoang Phong   September 16, 2021 | 09:41 pm PT
Binh Dinh Province to renovate Cham towers to make it tourist attraction
Banh It Towers is an iconic symbol of Champa culture in Binh Dinh Province. Photo by VnExpress/Tran Nhat Duat
Authorities in central Binh Dinh Province have approved a VND25.6-billion ($1.12 million) renovation of the iconic Banh It Towers.

The work, to be carried out in 2021-22, will include the construction of a building to admit tourists in and upgrades to infrastructure, parking lot and gardens, according to the province’s portal.

An internal road leading to the towers will be paved with stones.

Once completed, local authorities expect to turn Banh It Towers, a tower cluster built by the Cham in the 10th century, into a popular tourist destination.

The complex consists of four towers, the main one being around 22 m tall. From a distance, the cluster looks like banh it, a triangular glutinous rice cake filled with green bean paste and meat made in Binh Dinh.

Once the political and cultural hub of the ancient Champa Kingdom, Binh Dinh retains traces of the culture and has a large number of Champa-era ruins.

Binh Dinh, home to beach town Quy Nhon, famous for its long, wide sandy beaches, received four million visitors in 2019, the year before Covid-19 appeared.

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