I’m back in Singapore for the weekend and one of the items on my to-do list was to visit the Vietnam: From Myth to Modernity exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum. When this exhibition first opened, I had only just started my stint up north, so I was glad to finally have been able to catch this exhibition before it closed at the end of this month. If you’ve been a loyal reader of this blog, you would have realised that by far, Vietnam is the most prolific country in terms of archaeological news that gets published here – this is in part because Vietnam’s archaeological heritage is quite varied and multi-layered. I haven’t visited Vietnam myself, and I reckon it’d take me at least three or four trips to see everything that I want to see. In this respect, this exhibition did quite a good job in revealing the breadth of Vietnam’s history from prehistory to modernity through the country’s artifacts. Read on to discover Vietnam’s archaeological heritage.
The Dong Duong tower, a 9th century Cham citadel is literally disintegrating as locals and visitors alike pilfer the bricks that make up this ancient structure.
Ancient cultural site on verge of disintegration
Thanh Nien Daily, 03 July 2008
Readers in Singapore might be interested in this public lecture on the ritual arts of the Cham this Wednesday at the Asian Civilisations Museum.
Cham Ritual Arts
Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008
Asian Civilisations Museum, Ngee Ann Auditorium, 7.00 pm – 8.00 pm
The preservation of the Cham ruins of My Son in Vietnam has just entered its second phase, which will see an 18-month restoration of the Group G towers.
Preservation of My Son relics undergoes
Nhan Dan, 1 July 2008
The Vietnam History Museum in Hanoi is hosting an exhibition of Champa artefacts from the Binh Dinh Province.
Champa antiquities showcased in Hanoi
Nhan Dan, 26 April 2008
The Má»¹ SÆ¡n and PÃ´ Nagar Nha Trang Sanctuaries: On the Cosmological Dualist Cult of the Champa Kingdom in Central Vietnam as Seen from Art and Anthropology by Dr Tran Ky-Phuong
Time: 15:00 – 16:30
Venue: Asia Research Institute, 469A Tower Block, Level 10, Bukit Timah Road, National University of Singapore @ BTC
Organisers: Dr TRAN Thi Que Ha
Forget Angkor. Sure, it’s one of the largest religious monuments in the world, and you gotta admit that with spectacular architecture, sculpture and bas-reliefs there’s no wonder over two million people visited Cambodia last year. But the archaeological sites in Southeast Asian are so much more than the 11th century temple to Vishnu.
With some suggestions from the facebook group, SEAArch gives you the internet tour of five other spectacular archaeological sites in Southeast Asia open to the casual visitor â€“ and three of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. So step in and take a look at some of the other great sites Southeast Asia has to offer – in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and yes, even Singapore!
Note: The names in parentheses denote the nearest airport.
Remnants of the Vietnam-US war in the form of bombs and mines are still being unearthed in the vicinity of the My Son Sanctuary, a Champa religious complex in Vietnam.
Bombs and mines threaten My Son visitors
Vietnam Net Bridge, 10 January 2008
A brick kiln discovered in the Quang Ngai province in Vietnam raises new questions about the construction methods used by the Cham. In its height, the Cham (4th – 9th century) controlled much of the coastline of Southern Vietnam and flourished by facilitating maritime trade between China and India.
Cham ethnic peopleâ€™s relic found in Quang Ngai
Nhan Dan – 29 Dec 2007
8th century brick kiln discovered in Quang Ngai
Thanh Nien News – 29 Dec 2007
Merry Christmas! This Christmas season, the Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog is giving away a hardcover copy of The Art of Champa by Jean-Francois Hubert.
How do you win? All you have to do is to leave a comment on SEAArch during the Christmas season (Dec 25 – Jan 6):
- Each comment represents one chance at the draw; you may post as many comments as you want, but comments must be related to the topic.
- Each comment must be accompanied with an email address. This will enable me to get in touch with you if you win the book. Fret not, your email will not be given to any third party.
- At the end of the 12 days of Christmas, I’ll collate the commenters and draw the lucky winner. The book will be sent to the winner by post!
Easy as pie, eh? Of course, you could always just buy the book.