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
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
The remains of a well, thought to belong to the 12th century Cham period, was discovered in Vietnam’s Quang Nam Province.
Ancient well discovered in Quảng Nam Province
Viet Nam News, 06 May 2016
An ancient well has been discovered in Quảng Nam Province due to the joint efforts carried by the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and local administrators and villagers of Hương An Commune to protect an ancient Chăm well that has been excavated in the region.
The ancient well, which is presumed to be built in the 12th century, has square structure, each side of which is nearly 1m long. It is made of ancient Chăm bricks, similar to materials used in other Chăm temples within Quảng Nam Province.
According to Tôn Thất Hướng, head of the department, archeologists have confirmed through their studies and surveys that a Chăm community used to inhabit in the area surrounding the ancient well for many centuries.
Full story here.
Italy is helping to fund a programme to set up a vocational training programme to help with the restoration and preservation of sites in Quang Nam province, home of the My Son Sanctuary.
Quang Nam heritage conservation project gets financial support
Viet Nam News, 02 November 2015
A project on restoration and preservation of heritage sites in Quang Nam is being implemented, Vice-Director of Quang Nam’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ho Xuan Tinh said.
The project involves the setting up of a vocational training centre.
The initiative aims to increase management and competency in preserving cultural and relic sites in the central province. It could also increase the value of local cultural heritage spots.
The project is being launched as part of co-operation between the relevant agencies of the department and Quang Nam Vocational School.
Full story here.
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
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.
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
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.
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
Ancient human skull successfully restored in Quang Nam
Viet Nam Net, 20141217
Recent floods at the My Son world heritage site in Central Vietnam have caused cracks to appear in some of the temples, with no remedy in sight.
The My Son Sanctuary. Source: Thanh Niein News 20141030
Vietnam’s world heritage site collapsing
Thanh Nien News, 30 October 2014
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
Hoi An to issue tourist cards
Viet Nam News, 10 June 2014
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
9th century nat’l heritage disintegrates in central Vietnam
Thanh Nien News, 12 May 2014