Quang Binh Gate
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Quang Binh Gate

Traveling to Quang Binh, don’t forget to stop by to visit Quang Binh gate, a historical site that has been colored by time over the years. This place is hundreds of years old, and through many ups and downs of history. It still stands proudly as if reminding a part of the heroic history of its predecessors. Let’s learn more about this famous landmark with Origin Vietnam.

IMG Quang Binh Gate

1. Where is Quang Binh Gate?

It is located in the center of Dong Hai ward, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh province, Vietnam. About 166 km northwest of Hue city and about 500 km south of Hanoi capital. With a location at the intersection of roads:

  • To the West is the road to Duc Ninh
  • The North is the road to Hanoi
  • To the East is Mother Suot street going down to Nhat Le river wharf
  • To the South is the road to Hue

2. How is Quang Binh gate unique?

Quang Binh Gate is one of the important historical relics in Quang Binh. This citadel was built in 1639 to help Lord Nguyen in the South Vietnam (Dang Trong) fight against attacks by Lord Trinh in the North of Vietnam (Dang Ngoai).

Moreover, this is a solid and important fortress system under Lord Nguyen in Dang Trong. After many wars, Quang Binh gate was seriously damaged. However, the government and people have restored this place almost intact, becoming a living testament to history.

By 1992, the government had recognized Quang Binh Gate as a National Historical and Cultural Relic.

3. Learning about the history of Quang Binh gate

Old history records that Dong Hai River is the confluence of two rivers Nhat Le and Le Ky. This is also the “hyphen” of Dau Mau – Nhat Le ramparts. Therefore, if you want to go from North to South, you have to cross Dong Hai River and go through Quang Binh Gate.

Compared to the remaining traces, during the Trinh – Nguyen period, the road from Thien Ly to Dong Hai was a road outside the citadel. If you want to reach the Long Bridge, you must pass through Quang Binh Gate. Today, National Highway 1A replaces the old Thien Ly road, passes through the inside of the citadel, exits Nam Mon gate, runs behind the monument to reach the Long Bridge.

In the past, if Northern people had any business, if they wanted to enter the Quang Binh palace, by road, they had to enter the Quang Binh gate, present their documents, then go back to the North to enter the Nam Mon gate to enter the citadel. With historical evidence, it can be seen that the current location of Quang Binh gate is at the old location.

It is worth visiting Quang Binh Gate

Finally, having gone through many ups and downs and events, in 1825 King Minh Mang restored this place and raised an additional floor of the watchtower with extremely solid terracotta bricks.

According to the book Dai Nam Nhat Thong Chi, it records and describes the size of the citadel at that time: “The gate is two truong one meter long, two truong five meters wide, the outer wall protecting the gate is 14 truong, 6 meters long and 3 meters high. ruler. In the 6th year of Minh Mang’s reign (1926), people built the gate by bricks and stones…”

In 1954, when the French army withdrew from Dong Hoi, they destroyed Quang Binh Gate, but it was later restored by the government. The war has not ended yet, in 1965 American planes destroyed this place again. Currently, it has been restored by the local government to almost the old architecture.

IMG Quang Binh Gate 2

4. How to get to Quang Binh Gate

Because Quang Binh Gate is located in an extremely prime location, in the center of Dong Hoi city, so moving here is extremely easy. Easily, you just look it up on google map and follow the instructions to find the location of the huge citadel standing tall in the middle of the intersection.

In the city center, people can rent a motorbike to go around and visit many destinations around the city such as Mother Suot Monument in Quang Binh, or go further to Nhat Le beach,…Motorbike rental prices in Quang Binh Prices only range from 120,000 VND – 200,000 VND depending on the manual or scooter.

On the other hand, for those who live far away for the first time traveling to Quang Binh, there is no need to worry too much about the travel distance. In Quang Binh, there is Dong Hoi airport, only about 7km from the city center, so it is quite convenient for travelers from far away to travel to Quang Binh.

5. The beauty of Quang Binh gate

Quang Binh gate has now been restored with its original architecture, the citadel still has 3 relatively intact gates. The relic has existed for hundreds of years, witnessing many important historical milestones of the land of Dong Hoi – Quang Binh.

Moreover, this is also one of 32 key cultural projects invested in the period 2001 – 2010. When coming to Dong Hoi city, visitors will learn about history, see long-standing architectural works. As well as feel the framework of beautiful natural scenery here.

6. Specialties when visiting Quang Binh gate

6.1 Fresh Seafood

When traveling to Quang Binh, you cannot miss the opportunity to enjoy delicious fresh seafood such as clams, fish, shrimp, cockles, snails, etc. In particular, the squid dish here is very popular with tourists because of thick squid, sweet. No matter how it is prepared, it is extremely attractive.

6.2 Porridge Soup

Porridge soup has a rich flavor from meat, fish, shrimp,…In which snakehead fish is an indispensable ingredient in a bowl of porridge and soup. Especially, a bowl of porridge is a harmonious combination of the white color of the flour, the yellow color of the snakehead fish, the pink color of the shrimp, the green color of the green onions,…And it has a unique flavor unique to Quang Binh .

6.3 Bot Loc Cake

The filter pulp shell is thin, transparent, fragrant and flexible. The filling includes shrimp – caught in the estuary so it has a taste that is both sweet and a little salty of the sea, pork and wood ear mushrooms (mushrooms) stir-fried moderately thick and fragrant with pepper. Quang Binh tapioca cake really becomes impressive when dipped in sweet and sour fish sauce and a few leaves of raw vegetables.

6.4 Nam Cake

The cake is made from smooth white rice flour, covered with fragrant filling. The filling includes minced shrimp, pork and wood ear mushrooms, then stir-fried with onions and garlic until golden brown. Hot cakes wrapped in banana leaves and dipped in Quang Binh fish sauce are delicious.

7. Accommodation when traveling to Quang Binh gate

Quang Binh owns many famous tourist attractions, so it attracts many visitors and tourists. That’s why accommodation locations and hotel systems are extremely diverse. If you want to visit Quang Binh gate, you can book a hotel in Dong Hoi city or near Nhat Le area to easily travel to many locations.

Depending on your travel schedule as well as your preferences and financial needs, you can choose simulation services with different standards. People can refer to a few hotels in Dong Hoi as follows:

7.1 Resorts:

  • MANLI Resort Quang Binh. Address: No. 379 Truong Phap, Quang Phu Commune, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Gold Coast Hotel Resort & Spa. Address: Vo Nguyen Giap Street, Bao Ninh, Bao Ninh Commune, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Sun Spa resort. Address: Vo Nguyen Giap street, My Canh, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.

7.2 Hotels:

  • Muong Thanh Holiday Quang Binh. Address: No. 119 Truong Phap, Hai Thanh ward, Hai Thanh, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Vinpearl Hotel Quang Binh. Address: Quach Xuan Ky, Hai Dinh, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Muong Thanh Luxury Nhat Le Hotel. Address: 121 Truong Phap, Bac Ly, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Nam Long Hotel. Address: 22 Ho Xuan Huong, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Riverside Hotel. Address: 15 Truong Phap, Dong My, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Rex Quang Binh Hotel. Address: No. 1 Bach Dang, Nam Ly Ward, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Royal Quang Binh Hotel. Address: 46 Nguyen Trai, Hai Dinh Ward, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Nam Long Plus Hotel. Address: 28A Phan Chu Trinh, Dong My Ward, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
IMG Quang Binh Gate 1

8. Some other famous tourist attractions near Quang Binh gate

Traveling to Quang Binh, in addition to visiting the historical relics of Quang Binh gate, visitors can also visit many other attractive places.

8.1 Tam Toa Church is 1km away

Tam Toa Church is a famous Catholic church, destroyed by war, only the bell tower remained. People built this church according to Portuguese architecture, serving about 1,200 parishioners. After the Geneva Convention, most of the parishioners migrated to the South, and the church was almost no longer in use. By around February 1965, the church was almost demolished, leaving only the bell tower and brick pillars on the stone foundation.

8.2 Mother Suot Monument is 500m away

The Mother Suot monument is 7 meters high, depicting the image of Mother Suot – a Vietnamese mother during the resistance war to save the country. With her hand firmly holding the oar and her face proud, her mother was the one who brought the soldiers and young volunteers across the river. This is a historical work that shows the gratitude of the people of Quang Binh to heroine Nguyen Thi Suot.

8.3 Dong Hoi Night Market is 700m away

Quang Binh not only has beautiful scenery but also has many delicious dishes. If you want to enjoy Quang Binh specialties, don’t forget to visit Dong Hoi night market. This place sells many souvenirs and typical dishes prepared by local people at extremely affordable prices.

8.4 Nhat Le Beach is 3 km away

When coming to Quang Binh, you must definitely go to Nhat Le beach, this is one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam. Coming here, visitors will not be surprised because although it is close to the city and many tourist attractions, this place still retains its somewhat wild and scattered beauty.

With clear, blue water, you can see the bottom, blending with the white sand and deep blue coconut and poplar groves. Walking on the beach, breathing the cool air of the sea and listening to the murmuring waves will help everyone dispel the fatigue of busy days.

As a famous historical relic, Quang Binh gate is a destination that you should not miss when traveling to Quang Binh. This is also a work of great historical significance, restored almost to its original state. It helps you understand the importance of the locality in the traffic map of the Trinh – Nguyen period.

Please contact Origin Vietnam – a professional tour operator, with a team of experienced consultants, tour operators and dedicated local guides. We will accompany you on your tour in Quang Binh to discover the historical site with the most wonderful experiences.

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