Chăm tower to be reinforced

via Viet Nam News, 11 May 2018:

The central province, in co-operation with the Institute for Conservation of Monuments under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, will begin an urgent project to protect B3 tower in the UNESCO-recognised Mỹ Sơn Sanctuary from collapse before rainy season.

Source: Chăm tower to be reinforced

Vietnamese, Indian experts at odds over restoration of UNESCO relic

via VN Express, 06 May 2018:

A Vietnamese expert says Indian archeologists entrusted with restoring a Cham temple complex have been careless.

Source: Vietnamese, Indian experts at odds over restoration of UNESCO relic – VnExpress International

Price changes for Bagan, My Son next year

Two somewhat related stories on the changes to admission fees to Bagan in Myanmar and the My Son Sanctuary in Vietnam.

The My Son Sanctuary. Source: Viet Nam News 201512118
The My Son Sanctuary. Source: Viet Nam News 201512118

Bagan entry to be charged in kyat
Eleven Myanmar, 17 December 2015

My Son Sanctuary entrance fee to increase next year
Viet Nam News, 18 December 2015

The entry fee into Bagan heritage site will be collected in kyat from January 1, according to the Ministry of Culture.

The fee will be Ks25,000, equivalent to the current US$20.

The management board of the My Son Sanctuary in the central province of Quang Nam earlier this week announced to increase entrance fees by 40-50 per cent next year. The announcement has been sent to tour operators.

Full stories here and here.

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.

Full story here.

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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.

Full story here.

Vietnam adds more national treasures to register

Vietnam has moved to recgonise 12 more relics in its national register, including a bronze Dong son drum, the stele at the Temple of Literature, and a Mukalinga.

Stele at the Temple of Literature. Source: Viet Nam Net 20150114
Stele at the Temple of Literature. Source: Viet Nam Net 20150114

12 artefacts gain new status
Viet Nam Net, 14 January 2015

Vietnam names another 12 cultural, historical items national treasures
Tuoi Tre News, 15 January 2015

Close-up of seven newly recognized national treasures
Viet Nam Net, 17 January 2015
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Rain causes problems for the preservation of the My Son temples

The seasonal rain that falls on the My Son temples are slowly undermining its foundations, and the temple authority it currently able to effect piecemeal repairs to them.

The B3 Tower of the My Son Sanctuary
The B3 Tower of the My Son Sanctuary

My Son tower complex falling into disrepair
Viet Nam Net, 04 December 2014
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Vietnam, India strengthen links over archaeology

Vietnam and India strengthen archaeological cooperation over a conference about the My Son Sanctuary last week, where India pledged aid to help conserve the world heritage site.

Cham form cultural link to India [Link no longer active]
Viet Nam News, 27 June 2012

Cham civilisations in the spotlight [Link no longer active]
VNA, via Tuoi Tre News, 27 June 2012

India helps to restore My Son heritage site [Link no longer active]
VNA, via Tuoi Tre News, 22 June 2012

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India pledges $3 million to preserve the My Son Sanctuary

The Indian Government announced a project by the Archaeological Survey of India to help preserve the My Son Sanctuary.

My Son Sanctuary, Tuoi Tre News 20120622
My Son Sanctuary, Tuoi Tre News 20120622

India helps to restore My Son heritage site
Tupi Tre News, 22 June 2012
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My Son Sanctuary facing pressure from increased visitor numbers

In the last 12 years visitors to the My Son Sanctuary have increased tenfold, adding a tremendous strain from the increased tourist numbers. The pressure is compounded by the fact that most tourists only visit the site in the morning, concentrating the rate of deterioration. I visited the My Son Sanctuary last year, and you can read about it here.

The My Son Sanctuary in Quang Nam Province, Vietnamnet 20120309
The My Son Sanctuary in Quang Nam Province, Vietnamnet 20120309

Pressure on My Son holy land
VietnamNet, 09 March 2012
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