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NHAN MOUNTAIN

"The stage from Van Gia to Tuy Ha is first 10 km on road 1. But then road 1 becomes a real Express Road and cyclists and mopeds are not allowed to get there. The 1 goes through a tunnel; we are allowed to cycle the mountainous coastal road, along with dozens of mopeds with suitcases on the back. Boys who work far from their hometown and now go to the family home with TET to spend a week's holiday. The coast road is stunningly beautiful; perhaps the most beautiful road along the sea ie we have ever cycled! Rocks, an azure blue sea and snow-white foam heads take our breath away. So beautiful! We climb and descend and enjoy this beautiful trip!"


The Cham tower

          Nhan Mountain - is high above the nearby city center of Tuy Hoa, the capital of Phu Yen province in Vietnam. Nhan Mountain has interesting architecture, pleasant surroundings and is a historically important place for the Cham people. This interesting place is a "must visit" for anyone who has the opportunity - both foreign and domestic tourists.
For those reasons, Nhan Mountain has become a famous landmark for Tuy Hoa and the entire Phu Yen Province.


A nice view of the Cham tower

Still, Nhan Mountain is not often visited by foreign tourists simply because very few are aware of Tuy Hoa (or even Phu Yen). In other words, it is a hidden gem.
Standing majestically on top of Nhan Mountain, Nhan Tower is an amazing piece of architecture. The Nhan Tower was built by the Cham people between the late 11th century and early 12th century. It is the most unique symbol of the long-standing culture of the Cham people.
Until now, Cham people's technique of placing stones tightly together without any form of mortar or glue has remained a secret to researchers.

 

When the French settlers invaded Vietnam (1945-1954), they destroyed parts of the Nhan Tower caused much damage. However, the authorities of Phu Yen repaired and repaired both the inside and the outside of the tower in 1960.

The tower itself is a four-story quadrant. The tower is 25 meters high and each side of the tower is 10 meters high. The four-storey tower illustrates the beauty, art and creativity of the Cham people and resembles the architecture found in other places such as the Po Nagar Cham towers near Nha Trang.
The roof is made of a stone lotus bud, which is a Linga symbol of the Cham people. At the top of the tower, four sides have false windows to distinguish between the top and bottom tower.
Inside the tower, the wall was built perpendicularly from the bottom to the top of the tower.
Another statue of the goddess Durga is in the temple: it depicts the four-armed goddess holding an ax, a lotus and a bat while standing on a buffalo. This statue belongs to the Tra Kieu style of Cham art from the late 10th century to the early 11th century.


The tower on Nhan Mountain with the city in the background

Nhan Tower is not only a historical and cultural relic, but also represents typical architectural and sculptural work of the Cham people. The tower is built with bricks and decorated with stones and ceramics. Until now, Cham people's technique of placing stones tightly together without any form of mortar or glue has remained a secret to researchers. Shrouded in old trees, the tower is considered by the locals to be people with supernatural powers who hold the spirits and spirits of long-forgotten times. This is holy ground and many come here to pay tribute to the gods.
The tower is now used to worship Thanh Mau, the mother of the land of Phu Yen, respected by the locals and the tower is always filled with smoke of incense.  

 

 

 


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