The My Son Sanctuary

For the year-end holidays, I had the chance to spend some time in central Vietnam via Da Nang, one of the largest cities in the country. Da Nang is a good gateway to three World Heritage Sites, all within reach of a day trip: the imperial capital of Hue to the north, the ancient city of Hoi An to the south, and the ruins of My Son, which is further inland, about an hour’s drive from Da Nang.

My Son Sanctuary Group B,C,D
My Son Sanctuary Group B,C,D

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ASI help sought for My Son restoration

The Vietnamese government has sought the Archaeological Survey of India to help restore the My Son Sanctuary.

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Vietnam seeks ASI help in restoring ancient temples
MSN India News, 06 November 2011

India funds restoration of My Son sanctuary
Saigon Giai Phong, 08 November 2011
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Public Lecture: New Light on the Ancient Records of Campa (Vietnam)

Readers in Singapore might be interested in Dr Arlo Griffith’s talk next week on the epigrahy of Champa.

New Light on the Ancient Records of Campa (Vietnam)
by Dr Arlo Griffiths
26 February, 7.00 – 8.30 pm
Asian Civilisations Museum
RSVP Required – details here
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Rare Buddha statue unveiled at Ho Chi Minh City Museum

In conjunction with the opening of the two permanent exhibitions on the Oc Eo and Champa cultures at the Vietnamese Museum of History at Ho Chi Minh City, a rare 8th century Buddha is unveiled and exhibited.

Rare $6 million Buddha statue on display in HCM City
Vietnam Net Bridge, 14 January 2010
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Permanent exhibitions on Oc Eo and Champa opens in Ho Chi Minh City

The Museum of Vietnamese History in Ho Chi Minh City opens two permanent exhibitions showcasing artefacts from Vietnam’s Oc Eo and Champa cultures.

Champa ruins in My Son
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HCM City museum opens Oc Eo, Champa culture exhibits
Vietnam Net Bridge, 13 January 2010
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Cham ruins get much-needed protection

Protective works including a security post and information boards to safeguard an 8th century Cham sanctuary in Hue is set to complete this year.

Sanctuary remains of ancient Cham people gets protection [Link no longer active]
Viet Nam News, 29 September 2009
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Stele with Champa script found in Phu Yen province

Archaeologists report the discovery of a yet-to-be dated stele made of granite and inscribed with eight lines of Champa script.

Ancient Champa stele unearthed

VOV News, 19 August 2009
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