via Vietnam Net, 02 Feb 2019: An update of the restoration work on the My Son Towers by the Italian conservation team.
The current restoration process is regarded as a transition in the application of research on the construction materials as well as archaeological methods in restoring the Cham towers in My Son, members of the team said at a workshop held recently in the central province of Quang Nam.
The workshop focused on highlighting the effectiveness of the technical process used on tower E7 and tower group G. This is regarded as evidence of the efficient co-operation between the UN culture agency UNESCO, Vietnam and Italy.
Phan Ho, director of the My Son relic management board, confirmed the effectiveness of technical solutions that have been used to restore Cham towers in Vietnam, particularly those in My Son, saying that thanks to the restoration process, the relics were stable and had avoided further deterioration, and the towers should withstand the impacts of both humans and the elements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.