Quy Nhon

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A substantial fishing port with reasonable beaches, Quy Nhon sees few visitors barring those who overnight here to break the trip between Nha Trang and Hoi An. Long Khan Pagoda, Quy Nhon’s most revered Buddhist temple, is located right in the center of town on Tran Cao Van Street. Dating back to the early 18th century, it is dedicated to Thich Ca, the Historical Buddha. The temple receives much less interest than the many ancient Cham temples surrounding Quy Nhon. There is a busy beach in town, but better stretches of sand are located about 3 miles (5 km) to the south, including Quy Hoa Beach. The Thap Doi Cham or Double Cham Towers, thought to date from the second half of the 12th century, are just 1 mile (1.6 km) west of the town center. This is a good place to see Vietnamese martial arts; there are many dojos in and around the city (these are listed on the website).


One of the major surviving works of Cham architecture and in a remark- ably good state,  Banh It, or Silver Tower, stands on a hilltop near Highway 1, about 12 miles (20 km) north of Quy Nhon. Farther north along Highway 1 are the few remains of Cha Ban, once called Vijaya and capital of the Cham principality of the same name. Founded in AD 1000, the city was razed to the ground in 1470 by the Dai Viets, signal ling the end of Champa as a kingdom. Only the walls of the citadel and the Can Tien Cham Towers still stand.

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