Ancient holy site to be exhibited in Hanoi

Finds from the Cat Tien archaeological site will be on display at the Vietnam History Museum until December. The site, located in the Lam Dong Province in the Central Highlands, is identified as a major religious site dating from the 4th and 8th centuries.

24 August 2007 (Vietnam Net Bridge, by way of chlim01) – Finds from the Cat Tien archaeological site will be on display at the Vietnam History Museum until December. The site, located in the Lam Dong Province in the Central Highlands, is identified as a major religious site dating from the 4th and 8th centuries. You can read previously published stories on the Cat Tien Archaeological site here and here.

Vietnam Net Bridge, 24 Aug 2007

Hanoi to get glimpse of ancient site

As of August 28, Lam Dong Museum will showcase valuable ancient objects from the Cat Tien Holy Site in Hanoi in the first effort ever to promote these famous archeological finds.

The Cat Tien Holy Site stretching for 12 km along the Dong Nai River in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong was first discovered in 1985. It is the first ancient religious capital to be discovered in the Central Highlands, and is extremely significant in the study of early civilisation in the south of what is now Vietnam.


Since then, the HCM City Archeological Centre and the Hanoi-based National Archeological Institute have carried out 7 excavations in the area. Numerous valuable discoveries at the site reveal that the Cat Tien Holy Site first appeared some time between the 4th and 8th centuries AD.

And for the first time, these findings, which capture an amazing blend of ancient Hindu, Persian and central Asian cultures, will be shown to the public in Hanoi.

They include 237 major objects of the Holy Site such as gigantic Linga-Yoni sets of stone, gold, silver, copper and quartz; statues of Hindu gods like Brahma, Visnu, Siva, Uma and Ganesa; engraved works of gold and metal; ornaments and others.

The upcoming exhibition at the Vietnam History Museum at No.1 Pham Ngu Lao, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi is part of a promotional programme titled Cat Tien Ancient Objects – the Stamp of a Legendary Vestige initiated by the Lam Dong province People’s Committee.

The exhibition will last for 4 months until this December.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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