My Son Sanctuary facing pressure from increased visitor numbers

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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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Museum of Cham Sculpture

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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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The My Son Sanctuary

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Groups B,C,D

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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Vietnam-Italy My Son Restoration finishes Phase II

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The second phase of a Vietnamese-Italian collaboration to help restore and conserve the My Son Sanctuary has been completed. The My Son Sanctuary is a World Heritage Site in central Vietnam of Cham brick structures built between the 4th and 13th centuries.

Italy helps My Son World Heritage restoration
VOV News, 22 December 2010
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Archaeological sites among Vietnam's 10 national treasures

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A number of archaeological sites, including the My Son Sanctuary, the ancient capital of Hue, Hoi An Ancient Town and the Thang Long Citadel have been named in a list of special national treasures in Vietnam.

Hoi An
photo credit: robertlafond2009

Ten special national historical sites announced
Vietnam Net Bridge, 17 August 2009
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