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 Sa Huynh and Champa Culture

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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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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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