77. Binh Dinh Province – South-Central Coast

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Capital: Quy Nhon City

Population (2019): 2,468 thousand people

Ethnic groups: Viet (Kinh), Ba Na, Hre, Cham

Highlights: Cham Towers, Quang Trung Museum, Quy Nhon Beach, Hoang De Citadel

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Long Khanh

Located in the centre of Quy Nhon City, Long Khanh Pagoda was built during the 18th century under the  reign of King Le Du Tong. During that time, Buddhism was preached there.

Long Khanh Pagoda

Today, the pagoda still preserves two valuable objects from the reiggn of King Gia Long including Thai Binh Hong Chung (Thai Binh Bell) cast in 1805, and a seal engraved with the words “Long Khanh Tu” in 1813.

Quang Trung Museum

This museum is dedicated to Nguyen Hue (Quang Trung), a national hero of the 18th Century. The museum was built in his native village of Kien My in Binh Thanh Commune, Tay Son District, about 50km north-west of Quy Nhon.

Quang Trung Museum

Nguyen Hue was one of the three brothers who led the Tay Son Insurrection. In 1788, he led his troops from Phu Xuan (Hue) to the north. It took them 35 days and nights to reach Thang Long (Ha Noi), where they defeated 290,000 Chinese invaders, thereby liberating the royal capital. He declared himself Emperor Quang Trung the same year.

The museum includes 9 displaying rooms according to different themes with thousands of valuable documents and objects related to Tay Son Movement and Emperor Quang Trung (1771 – 1789).

Visiting Quang Trung Museum, visitors with enjoy the music and demonstrations of Tay Son Martial Arts of Binh Dinh

Some beaches in Quy Nhon City

Not only dubbed as the city of poetry, Quy Nhon City is also known for its charming beaches.

Located in the city centre, Quy Nhon Beach attracts visitors by gently sloping sand bank stretching 5km from Tan Cape to Rang Cliff. In particular, the beach is nearly Xuan Dieu Cuisine Street, so visitors have the opportunity to sea bath and also enjoy a variety of fresh seafood.

Quy Nhon Beach

About 3km to the south of Quy Nhon City’s centre following the National Road 1D, Quy Hoa Beach owns the peaceful beauty with small waves, clear seawater and casuarina rows. Coming here, visitors can visit Doctor Statue Garden, tomb and memorial site of Poet Han Mac Tu, etc. or take motorboats to visit the offshore islands.

Continuing going about 5km to the south, visitors arrive in Dai Beach and Xep Beach.

Tay Son Festival

The 5th day of the 1st lunar month

Tay Son Festival is held annually for seven days in Nghi Binh Commune, Tay Son District. The main day of the festival is the 5th day of the 1st lunar month which is the second day of the festival.

The festival is organized to honour the leaders of the Tay Son movement, Vietnamese hero Quang Trung in particular, and to celebrate the Ngoc Hoi – Dong Da victory in 1780 in which 290,000 Qing soldiers from China were defeated.

Tay Son Festival

In addition to the traditional ceremony, the festival involves many cultural folk activities of the Vietnamese people, such as playing with fighting sticks and quyen (a Vietnamese form of Kung Fu, a system of unarmed combat using the hands and feet as weapons).

This festival features a drum competition in which 12 leather drums called the Tay Son fighting drums are played while an imitative battle is simultaneously acted out to relive the Tay Son movement that occurred many years ago in Binh Dinh Province.

Source: TITC

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