Phu Yen’s Tower Square wins 2023 Asian Townscape Award

Nghinh Phong Tower in Tuy Hoa City, located in the south central coastal province of Phu Yen, often leaves visitors with a surreal feeling, as if they have stepped into a scene from a fictional movie.

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Nghinh Phong Tower Square in Vietnam’s south-central province of Phu Yen has been awarded the 2023 Asian Townscape Award, making it the only representative in Southeast Asia to win this year’s award, NDO reported.

The square was opened in 2021, covering an area of nearly 7,200 sq.m at the intersection of Nguyen Huu Tho and Doc Lap in Tuy Hoa City.

The tower’s design was inspired by the Ghenh Da Dia (The Cliff of Stone Plates), which is considered a symbol of the region, and the legend of “one hundred eggs and one hundred children” of Father Lac Long Quan and Mother Au Co.

A Tower Square in Phu Yen Province Earns 2023 Asian Townscape Award
An overview of Nghinh Phong Tower Square in Phu Yen province. Photo: Tuy Hoa City People’s Committee

It features two tall stone columns, one with a height of 35m representing Lac Long Quan, and another 30 meters tall representing Au Co. Fifty stone blocks are stacked on top of each other at the base of each tower. The wall between the two stone columns is adorned with reliefs depicting the landscape of “yellow flowers and green grass” in the area.

The space between the two towering stone columns is just enough for two people to stand. Visitors can listen to the unique and special music of nature created by the wind blowing through the gaps.

A Tower Square in Phu Yen Province Earns 2023 Asian Townscape Award
Nghinh Phong Tower in the stunning scene of sunrise. Photo: Haiconthego

Nghinh Phong Tower is equipped with a unique lighting system that combines Bobine Tesia technology, 3D mapping, and high-intensity lasers to create mesmerizing lighting effects at night.

With its unique location and design, visitors can experience a special blend of nature and human creativity at any time of the day. They can also unleash their creativity and capture the breathtaking backdrop of this majestic structure from every angle.

Thanks to its beauty, Nghinh Phong Tower has become a must-visit destination for tourists in Phu Yen. Many visitors have shared that the best times for taking photos at Nghinh Phong Tower are early in the morning and late in the afternoon, when they can make use of the natural light of the sunrise and sunset. Many even compare Nghinh Phong Tower to a scene from a fictional movie.

A Tower Square in Phu Yen Province Earns 2023 Asian Townscape Award
The space between the two towering stone columns is just enough for two people to stand. Photo: cuongkhii

The Asian Townscape Awards were initiated by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, in collaboration with Fukuoka Urban Research Centre, Asian Habitat Society, and Asia Townscape Design Society, in 2010.

The awards aim to recognize and honor remarkable efforts by cities, regions, organizations, and projects that have achieved outstanding results in creating a comfortable living environment for people in Asia.

Winning works and projects are evaluated based on five criteria, including harmonious coexistence with the regional environment; safety, convenience, and sustainability; respect for regional culture and history; high artistic quality; contributions to local development and the potential to serve as models for other cities.

Last year, Nguyen Tat Thanh Square in Tuyen Quang city, located in the northern province of Tuyen Quang, ranked fifth among the 11 outstanding landscape projects that won the Asian Townscape Awards 2022.

Hannah Nguyen