Eight must-visit places in Binh Duong
Phu An bamboo village, Hoi Khanh pagoda, and Tay Tang pagoda, just to name a few, are attractive tourist destinations in Binh Duong province.
Located in Ben Cat District, Binh Duong Province, Phu An Ecological Bamboo Museum and Botanical Reserve, also known as the Phu An Bamboo Village, is one of the biggest bamboo museums in Southeast Asia. This multipurpose centre promotes scientific research and ecosystem conservation while promoting environmental awareness and the value of ecotourism in the local community.
Covering 70 hectares, New City Park is an ideal holiday retreat for visitors with beautiful landscapes, romantic lakes and springs, and entertainment area for kids.
Hoi Khanh Pagoda is an historic Buddhist temple built in Binh Duong in 1741. In 2013, the pagoda received a certificate recognising the statue of Buddha entering Nirvana on the roof as the longest example in Asia. The record was recognised by the India-based Asia Book of Records.
Phu Cuong Cathedral is located at 104 Lac Long Quan Street, Phu Cuong Ward, Thu Dau Mot City. The church was built in Gothic style.
30 km from Ho Chi Minh City, Tay Tang pagoda has a unique architectural style of the Tibet.
Dai Nam tourism complex in southern Binh Duong province is seen as an ideal tourist destination, thanks to its amazing architecture and good entertainment services.
Thuy Chau tourist site.
Wind and Water Cafe is located at 6/28T Zone 3, PhuTho, Thu Dau Mot City. It has won many international design awards.
VietNamNet Bridge – Besides the Dai Nam tourist park and Lai Thieu orchards, you should not forget to visit Ba Pagoda and Gio and Nuoc (Wind and Water) café.
VietNamNet Bridge – In the past, clay piggy banks were a familiar item in many Vietnamese families as people in the then tough economic conditions needed to save money for later use. The cute piggy banks with eye-catching colors have fallen into oblivion, sending the number of villages dependant on this craft dipping.
|Clay piggies are put in a kiln. This kiln can bake 3,000-4,000 clay piggies in 12 hours.|
However, the remaining villages can still survive tough times as they export products to several regional countries. A village can be found in Lai Thieu Ward, Thuan An Town, Binh Duong Province where this craft has existed for decades.
In the heyday of this village, there were more than 200 households making clay piggy banks but now the number is down to only ten.
Prices of clay piggy banks are very low, at VND5,000-7,000 per unit. Just children are their fans now.
|A man covers clay piggies with a layer of white paint before they are coated with other colors.
Clay is molded into piggy banks. The ﬁrst step of making clay piggy banks is to mold soil and dry it under the direct sunlight for three or four days.
People paint clay piggies at a workshop in Binh Duong. They are paid an average VND40,000 per day for decorating clay piggy banks.
Clay piggies are transported to a painting facility – Photos: Hoai Chau