The 800-year-old Nhan tower is one of the must-visit places in Tuy Hoa town in coastal Phu Yen province.
The 800-year-old Nhan tower is one of the must-visit places in Tuy Hoa town in coastal Phu Yen province. VNA/VNS Photo
Nhan tower is located on a flat piece of land near the top of Nhan mountain, built in the 11th and 12th centuries.
The tower has a square plan and is 23.5m high. Like many other Cham towers stretching along the central coast, Nhan tower faces East, which is the direction of the sun and spirit.
The pinnacle has four corners that resemble lotus buds, and there is a monolithic rock symbolising a Linga, a male being symbolising Shiva, one of three supreme Hindu deities.
The tower is built entirely of solid bricks, shown by research to be lightweight, durable, and more compressive than the normal equivalents.
It is still a mystery how the Cham people managed to hide the joints between the bricks.
Nhan tower overlooks Tuy Hoa town, the coast, and Hung Vuong bridge spanning the mouth of the Da Rang river. The tower was named a special national monument in 2018.