India to help renovate My Son Towers

The governments of India and Vietnam recently signed an agreement to fund a five-year restoration project at the My Son complex in Quang Nam province.

A tower at My Son. Source: Viet Nam News 20150120
A tower at My Son. Source: Viet Nam News 20150120

India to aid renovation of My Son towers
Viet Nam News, 20 January 2015

India will send experts and give a five-year subsidy of about US$2.5 million for renovation of the towers in the My Son sanctuary in the central Quang Nam province.

According to Dinh Hai, director of the Quang Nam Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, these details were included in a memorandum on preservation and renovation, signed by the leaders of the two countries last year.

Full story here.

Bau Du skulls successfully reassembled

Archaeologists have successfully reassembled a pair of skulls recovered from the Bau Du site in Quang Nam province, central Vietnam.

Restoring a 5,000-year-old skull. Source: Viet Nam Net 20141217
Restoring a 5,000-year-old skull. Source: Viet Nam Net 20141217

Ancient human skull successfully restored in Quang Nam
Viet Nam Net, 20141217
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Hoi An revamps ticketing system

The ticketing system for Hoi An has been revamped to combat widespread inefficiencies in the present system. Proceeds from the sale of tickets go towards restoration works.

Tourism in Hoi An. Source: Viet Nam News 20140610
Tourism in Hoi An. Source: Viet Nam News 20140610

Hoi An to issue tourist cards
Viet Nam News, 10 June 2014
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Dong Duong’s towers rapidly decaying

The Cham Towers of Dong Duong are being consumed by the forest, but despite its national heritage recognition very little has been done to preserve it.

Dong Duong Towers, Source: Thanh Nien News 20140512
Dong Duong Towers, Source: Thanh Nien News 20140512

9th century nat’l heritage disintegrates in central Vietnam
Thanh Nien News, 12 May 2014
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Sa Huynh site discovered in Quang Nam Province

Archaeologists find beads, ceramic sherds and an iron horse from a site in Quang Nam province dating to the 2,000-year-old Sa Huynh culture.

Source: Thanh Nien News 20140502
Source: Thanh Nien News 20140502

2,500 years burial relics accidentally unearth in central Vietnam
Thanh Nien News, 02 May 2014
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Recent underwater finds in Vietnam

A compilation of underwater archaeological finds found in the waters of Vietnam in recent years.

Finds from Binh Chau Province, Vietnam Net 20130117
Finds from Binh Chau Province, Vietnam Net 20130117

Deep-sea treasures of Vietnam
Vietnam Net, 18 January 2013
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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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First private museum opens in Central Vietnam

What is thought to be the first privately-run museum in central Vietnam opens it doors, showcasing various artifacts from Vietnam’s past.

Chu Lai Museum, Vietnam Net 20120401
Chu Lai Museum, Vietnam Net 20120401

Antiquities at Chu Lai Museum
Viet Nam Net, 01 April 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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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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