Ancient well found in Central Vietnam

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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.

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Hoi An’s wells to be restored

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A well at Hoi An Market. Source: Viet Nam News 20150204

Hoi An’s ancient wells will be restored, according to a new plan to revitalise the water system.

A well at Hoi An Market. Source: Viet Nam News 20150204

A well at Hoi An Market. Source: Viet Nam News 20150204

Hoi An to reopen ancient wells
Viet Nam News, 04 February 2015

The historic central city of Hoi An plans to restore 80 ancient wells, most of them locate on the north bank of the De Vong River near the Thanh Ha pottery village.

Built in the 15th century by the Cham people, most of the city’s ancient wells are unusable or buried underground due to rapid urbanisation, said Nguyen Chi Trung, director of Hoi An’s Centre for Monuments Management and Preservation.

Trung said the plan would render usable several wells near the old town, including those at Kazik Park, the house of the Nguyen Tuong royal family at 658 Hai Ba Trung Street, and Am Hon Temple (built to worship the souls of the dead).

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