Cham Towers restored in Ninh Thuan Province

Restoration work on a pair of Cham Towers were recently completed in Vietnam’s Ninh Thuan Province.

Porome Tower in Ninh Thuan Province, Viet Nam News 20121012
Porome Tower in Ninh Thuan Province, Viet Nam News 20121012

Restoration work highlights value of unique Cham towers [Link no longer active]
Viet Nam News, 12 October 2012

Two ancient Cham towers in southern Ninh Thuan Province have been restored at a total cost of more than VND27 million (US$1.3 million) from the State budget.The Poklong Garai Tower, built by the Champa kingdom between the last half of the 13th century and early 14th century, is considered as a symbol of Phan Rang City. It’s an important relic and tourist attraction and also features three smaller towers, including the Cong, Lua and Chinh towers which range from 8.5 metres to 21.5 metres in height.

Chinh Tower was where Cham King Poklong Garai was worshipped. The restoration work on this site included building a new floor and stairs leading up the towers, along with installation of lighting and water supply systems and contraction of a reception house.

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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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