Nam Giao Altar – the largest of its kind

Excavated in 2004-2005, the Nam Giao altar at the foot of the Don Son mountain in Vietnam may well be the largest undamaged platform of its kind. The platform was built in 1402, during the reign of the Ho Dynasty.

New Nam Giao altar discoveries in Thanh Hoa
Vietnam Net Bridge, 27 November 2007

Researchers said the excavated part of the vestige of the Tay Do Nam Giao altar has a spectacular structure.

They said the altar has many platforms with its east, west and north sides surrounded by stone walls and its South side leaning on a wall created by a range of mountain. This special design has not been found in other altars to date.

Read more about the discoveries at the Niam Giao Altar.

Related books about Dynastic Vietnam:
Vietnam: An Illustrated History (Illustrated Histories) by L. S. Woods
The Birth of Vietnam by K. W. Taylor
For more books about Vietnam, check out the SEAArch bookstore.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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