My Son Sanctuary Vietnam

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My Son Sanctuary Vietnam

            Being famous as a centre for spirituality and worship between the 4th and the 12th centuries, My Son Sanctuary is one of the must-see destinations in the Central part of Vietnam, where tourists can admire old Cham temples and enjoy Apsara dance. About 69 kilometers from Danang City, My Son Sanctuary is located in Duy Phu Commune, Duy Xuyen District, Quang Nam Province.

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In 1999, it has been listed in the World Heritage site as well, for its exemplification of the heights of Cham architectural achievement and hence:

 – The My Son Sanctuary is an exceptional example of cultural interchange, with the introduction the Hindu architecture of the Indian sub-continent into South-East Asia.

– The Champa Kingdom was an important phenomenon in the political and cultural history of South-East Asia, vividly illustrated by the ruins of My Son.

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After applying evisa Vietnam or Vietnam visa online and paying the entrance fee, you may pass through a gate and walk about 500 meters along a path to the center of the site. And please enjoy sighseeings here.

There are many yoni-linga-shaped rocks on the way.The center of My Son is in an open square surrounded by ruins. You can see the weather worn carved faces on the eroded statues and old brick walls. Inside the temples, there are 1000 year-old bas-reliefs representing the customs and culture and Aspara and Tra Kieu dancers.  The mini museum contains artifacts associated with Cham culture such as Hindu goddess statues of Shiva, Apsara, Uma, Brahma and Vihsnu and yoni-linga symbols.

My Son was the site of religious ceremonies for kings of the ruling dynasties of Champa, between the 4th and 12th centuries. It was a worshipping place for the Hindu religion in the Cham kingdom and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam. A large complex, My Son Sanctuary comprises more than 70 architectural works, including temples and towers that connect to each other with complicated red brick designs.

The site also represents the ancient settlement and sanctuary area; eight groups of tower temples have been singled out. In date they cover the period from the 10th to the 13th centuries, and this long date range is reflected in different architectural styles. All are constructed in fired brick with stone pillars and decorated with sandstone bas-reliefs depicting scenes from Hindu mythology.

The main tower (kalan) symbolizes the sacred mountain (meru) at the centre of the universe. The square or rectangular base (bhurloka), representing the human world, is built from brick or stone blocks and decorated with reliefs. Above this rises the main tower (bhuvakola), constructed entirely in brick, with applied columns and a false door facing east.

After strolling around the sanctuary, you can see local dances being performed on a stage. Cham people have many folk festivals such as Rija Nugar, Rija Harei and Rijang Praung. To the sounds of panpipe Sranai and drum Baranung, dancers wearing colorful traditional costumes and pyramid-shaped hats and veils perform many kinds of dances such as praying, fire and fan and the famous apsara dance.

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