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Thai Binh

Thai Binh is a place where has historical – cultural works and folklore activities, among them some have been listed by government as Le Qui Don’s worship hall, Ho Chi Minh’s memento – house… but Keo temple is most famous. Keo temple called Than Quang temple – Viet Nam’s architecturally typical work. A whole province has brought about nearly 82 traditional festivals, 16 Vietnamese poplar operas and games as cheo, roi nuoc, bat dat, act. Beside, Thai Binh also has traditional handicraft villages famous for along time such as silver carving village of Dong Xam and An Le, Nam Cao weaving village, Minh Lang embroidering.

Chua Keo
Keo Pagoda
Thai Binh Province is located in the North Vietnam plains and in midlands lying southeast of Hanoi. It is bordered by Hai Duong, Ha Bac to the north, Nam Dinh, Ha Nam to the south, Hai Phong to the east, 53 kilometres of coast of the Gulf of Tonkin to the south east and Ha Nam, Ninh Binh and Hung Yen to the west.
Thai Binh's topography is fairly level, with average height between 1 to 2 metres above sea level; it is the only province in ViêtNam that does not boast a mountain.
Due to its richness of aquatic products and grains, locals here have created a number of local specialties from their natural materials; among of these the most famous are Canh Ca Quynh Coi (Quynh Coi fish soup) and cay cake.
Coming to Thai Binh, tourists enjoy visiting inshore sandbanks where rare birds stops, seeing natural beauty in mangrove forest, swimming in Dong Chau Beach, and joining interesting traditional festivals. Well-known culture constructions are Dong Bang, Tien La temples, and Keo Pagoda. There are many valuable votive objects and beautiful three-storey bell tower in Keo Pagoda. Various flowers and fruits in Bach Thuan Garden Village also attract many visitors every year.
This province is rich of traditional handicraft villages like weave fabric in Phuong La, mat weave in Hoi, silver carve in Dong Xam, copper casting in An Long, lace embroider in Minh Lang, cay cake making in Nguyen Xa.
Visitors are able to enjoy many folk songs, festival games in traditional festivals such as water puppet in Nguyen Xa, cheo song in Khuoc, fish and duck catching, rice cooking competition and squib contests.

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