Thap Banh It Cham Temple - Qui Nhon, Vietnam LbNA # 16522
|Placed Date||Feb 22 2005|
|Location||Qui Nhon, Vietnam, INT|
Vietnam, in SE Asia, shares borders with Cambodia, Laos and China and features 3,200 km. of coastline facing the South China Sea. With an area of 332,000 square km. and a population of some 77 million, Vietnam’s topography varies from coastal plains to mountain ranges.
Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate with dry and wet seasons that vary from north to south and with varying elevations.
As the most densely populated country in SE Asia, population control is an important initiative. 20% of the population is urban and 80% is rural. With over 55 minority languages, the literacy rate in Vietnam is 92%.
Although Vietnam is a socialist republic governed by a communist government, there are many signs of democratic reforms throughout the country.
The market-based economy is extremely vigorous with daily examples of foreign dignitaries visiting the country and offering all types of support, particularly financial, and establishing alliances and mutual initiatives.
Vietnam’s economy is mainly based on rice farming and Vietnam is now the world’s 2nd largest exporter of rice. Vietnam also has substantial exports of rubber, coffee, tea, electricity, crude oil and coal.
With a population over half that of Japan, the hard-working and competent Vietnamese are a force that bodes well for the future prospects of this dynamic country. The per capita income is about $300.
The Vietnamese people are a beautiful, gentle and friendly race. Visitors to the country are made to feel welcome and there is minimum fear of crime against sensible visitors.
The Champa Kingdom was heavily influenced by India, the first signs of which had reached Vietnam’s Mekong Delta around the 1st century. Like their Khmer neighbors, the Cham sovereigns worshiped Hindu gods.
The 99,000 Cham inhabitants in Vietnam bequeathed many inscriptions, both in Sanskrit and in their own language, together with the rich architectural legacy of their shrine-towers in brick which defined their Kingdom of Champa before it was absorbed by Vietnam. Many towers were tight fitting brick with little or no mortar.
The Thap Banh It Cham Temple consists of 4 edifices, in Binh Dinh style, built during the 11th century. A ‘Tower Stele’ with 4 arched doors is the only one of its kind remaining today.
To find the Thap Banh It Cham Temple Letterbox, take Highway 1 eight km. north of Qui Nhon, capital of Binh Dinh province, to the junction of old Highway 1 with new Highway 1 and just across the bridge turn east.
Proceed about 2 km.
Just before the bridge take Highway 19 west to Ankhe, the former US base, and continue on to Pleiku where you will be at the base of the hill for the Thap Banh It Cham Temple.
Climb the hill to arrive first at the east tower.
Once you have visited the 4 buildings, depart on the gravel trail on the west side, immediately west of the most westerly tower.
About 15 paces down the trail, you will see a large rock on your left with a smaller (but still big) rock to the right of the larger rock.
The Thap Banh It Cham Temple Letterbox rests under some small rocks at the NW base of the smaller of the big rocks.
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