E7 tower in My Son to reopen to public

After years of restoration, the E7 tower of the My Son Sanctuary in Central Vietnam is ready for visitors.

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My Son tower to re-open
Viet Nam News, 07 Aug 2015

The E7 tower in the My Son Sanctuary in the central province of Quang Nam has reopened to tourists after four years of restoration, according to the province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The Heritage Preservation Institute of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism restored the tower at a cost of VND9 billion (US$430,000) from the Government budget.

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Travel feature on the My Son Sanctuary

Viet Nam Net’s feature on the My Son Sanctuary in Central Vietnam. There are plenty of photos in the news article.

The My Son Sanctuary. Source: Viet Nam Net 20150502
The My Son Sanctuary. Source: Viet Nam Net 20150502

Mysterious beauty of the oldest sanctuary in Vietnam
Viet Nam Net, 02 May 2015

Over time, the My Son Sanctuary has acquired an ancient, mysterious beauty, attracting many domestic and foreign tourists.

The My Son Sanctuary is located in Duy Phu commune, Duy Xuyen district, of Quang Nam province, central Vietnam. It is 70 km from Da Nang City and 40 km from Hoi An. This is a Hindu holy place of the ancient Kingdom of Champa.

According to traditional rituals, whenever a king came to the throne, they had to go to My Son Holy to make rites, offer gifts and build temples.

This area was discovered in 1885 by a group of French soldiers. Ten years later (1895), archaeologist Camille Paris made the first exploration. Since then until 1904, many researchers and archaeologists have visited here to reveal the secrets, including Louis Finot, Henri Parmentier and others.

My Son Sanctuary is located in a valley of about 2 km in diameter, surrounded by hills and mountains. It consists of 70 towers, which are divided into several clusters and built according to the same principle.

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Recent finds from Binh Thuan Province

The director of the Binh Thuan Province Museum in Vietnam talks about their recent archaeological finds from the Champa period.

Po Tam Tower in Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam Net 20121213
Po Tam Tower in Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam Net 20121213

Relics unravel Cham history
Vietnam Net, 13 December 2012
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Museum of Sa Huynh and Champa Culture

On the way to My Son from Da Nang is the town of Tra Kieu, known during Champa times as Simhapura (‘Lion City’). It is thought that Simhapura was a political capital for Champa, while My Son was a spiritual capital of sorts. I was searching for the archaeological remains of Simhapura – reportedly the rectangular remains of a stone building or ramparts – but was unsuccessful. Nobody seemed to know where it was. But I did stumble upon this:

Museum of Sa Huynh and Champa Culture
Museum of Sa Huynh and Champa Culture

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Museum of Cham Sculpture

One of the more established tourist attractions in Da Nang is the Museum of Cham Sculpture at the corner of Trung Nu Vuong and 2 Thang 9 Streets. Almost a hundred years old, it houses a large sculpture collection from the Champa sites in the region (those that haven’t been looted or on display at some other faraway museum, that is).

Museum of Cham Sculpture, Da Nang
Museum of Cham Sculpture, Da Nang

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Ancient Buddhist college to be rebuilt and restored

The Dong Duong Buddhist College, a 9th century Champa ruin is to be restored and rebuilt.

The Sang Tower of the Dong Duong Buddhist College. Viet Nam News, 20110819

Buddhist college to be rejuvenated
Viet Nam News, 19 August 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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