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I am trying to collect the trace of a nation with its people. My attempt focuses on the Champa Towers left over along the thin stretch of land from Quang Tri to South Viet Nam.
Now I post the image of this simple tower which is located at Dien Ban Quang Nam. I hope you like it.
Bang An Tower
This Cham tower was built in the 11th century. It used to be worshipping and celebreting places of the Chams. There used to be a LINGA (symbol od Shiva) inside.
The eight side tower is 21.5 hight. Each of its side is 4m wide, making this architecture so unique.

When i come here, the weather is no good.
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Street address:
Thn Bằng An, X Diện An, Huyện Điện B瀟, Tỉnh Quảng Nam, Việt Nam
Proprietor:
Quảng Nam Provincial Centre for the Preservation of Monuments
Mailing address:
Trung t穃 Bảo tồn Di sản Di tch Tỉnh Quảng Nam, 91 Hng Vương, Thị X Tam Kỳ, Tỉnh Quảng Nam, Việt Nam
Telephone:
84 (0) 510 810433
Opening hours:
8am-11.30am, 1pm-5.30pm daily
Located some 14 kilometres from Hội An and 1.2 kilometres from Highway 1 on a road leading from the centre of Vĩnh Diện Township, this structure was formerly the central tower in a group of three. Constructed in monumental Bnh Định style (late 11th-early 14th centuries), the 21.5 metre tower is noteworthy for its unusual octagonal shape. Considerable debate surrounds the age of the tower, but recent scholarship suggests that the complex was constructed by Chăm King Bhadravarman II in the late 9th-early 10th century, in honour of Linga Paramewsara (Shiva), an event recorded in a stele of the period recovered from the site. Outside the entrance door stand two large statues of Gajasimha, a mythical animal with a lion's head and an elephant's body. Inside the kalan there was formerly a standing linga. Numerous artefacts found at this site are housed in the nearby Điện B瀟 Museum, which is also responsible for the upkeep of the site under the guidance of Quang Nam Provincial Centre for the Preservation of Monuments.

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