My Son Sanctuary is situated in a narrow valley of Quang Nam Province, around 70km southeast of Da Nang City and 40km from Hoi An City. There are hundreds of Cham vestiges possessed by My Son, and the content of 71 monuments and 32 epitaphs are studied domestically and internationally.
History of My Son Sanctuary
The Cham Kingdom in the past had 2 sanctuaries separated by the 2 major opposing clans. The first one was My Son of the Dua Clan, who reigned over the north of the kingdom and dedicated to God Srisana Bhadresvara. The second sanctuary was Cau Clan, who ruled over the south and was for worshipping Goddess Po Nagar. Anyway, My Son is now known as the main sanctuary of the Cham Kingdom remained so far. It was reported that the first sanctuary used to be destroyed, but then it was rebuilt for the ceremony of purification and housed Charm art from the 7th to the 13th century.
Architecture in My Son Sanctuary
My Son Temples were constructed in groups that typically have the same model. Each group included a single major sanctuary (dedicated to Shiva), bordered by towers and auxiliary monuments. Know that Cham temples don’t have any window! Therefore, they are very dark inside. But if you look for windows, they can only be found on the towers. Uniquely, Cham towers and temples are constructed of bricks together with sandstone decorations. There is no adhesive material seen among the bricks. Meanwhile, patterns of flowers, humans, and animals were sculptured uniquely that can only be found in Asia. Historically, My Son was discovered in 1885 by a group of French soldier. Later in 1895, C.Paris, a French scholar, was the first individual that cleared the My Son Sanctuary.
From then, there are many other authentic scientists came to this historic site to learn Cham epitaph, architecture, and sculpture. In December, 1999, My Son was admitted as the World Cultural Heritage. Its ancient style is categorized mainly within Hindu art, architecture of the Indian sub-continent, and Champa Kingdom’s ruins.
My Son Sanctuary for Tourism Merit
If you are planning to set foot in this tourist destination, note in your book that My Son is the longest inhabited archaeological site in Indochina region. Ticket price for My Son Sanctuary exploration usually includes the fees for electric car and cultural performances. The temple complex and the ruins protected in this sanctuary are definitely worth learning and contemplating to enrich your knowledge about Hindu art and Champa kingdom.
On UNESCO status, My Son stands out as the must-visit tourist destination included in any tour package to Quang Nam Province together with Hoi An ancient town. So, don’t be hesitant any longer! It’s your turn to explore the evidence of Asian civilization which is now proudly protected by the Vietnamese. Further to international contexts, My Son Sanctuary has equal status as Bagan of Myanmar or Ayutthaya of Thailand. The worldwide recognition makes My Son an awesome destination for cultural and historical worthiness. Go on exploring this meaningful site so that you can find out the reasons why My Son was ranked UNESCO World Cultural Heritage!
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