Binh Son tower - the highest tower in Vietnam

Published:  02:01 Wednesday - January 04, 2012 During the Ly – Tran period, Vinh Phuc has many towers. Tower is an important part of pagoda’s architecture. Binh Son tower is the highest tower and has unique architecture in the Ly – Tran period that has still remained today.

Binh Son Tower is located in Binh Son Village, Song Lo District, Vinh Phuc Province, and 150km from Hanoi. Binh Son Tower is a unique architectural, which erected during the Ly - Tran period that has been conserved in its original design.

 

This 16m tower has 11 floors, each with a curved roof. The tower is empty on the inside and located on a square platform.

The tower was built with solid red bricks and its foundations were built with Vo bricks. The surface of the fine Vo bricks is dark and has flower imprints. These features create a harmonious building style, suitable to different architectural trends.

The tower was restored in 1972 after a landslide caused the tower to sink to one side. Although the tower’s foundations were raised 4m higher than they were before the landslide, all the architectural attributes of the tower were kept intact.

 

Binh Son tower is a relic with unique architecture, creativity, the convergence of the essence of Vietnam’s traditional culture both tangible and intangible, both Buddhist and folk beliefs. Tower is reviewed by experts in national and international as one of the most intact art architecture of the country’s ancient tower surviving to this day.

In 1962, Binh Son Tower is ranked by the Ministry of Culture and Information (now the Ministry of Culture) as a national monument.

 

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