Monday, July 2, 2012

Central Vietnam Trip Part III - My Son Holy Land

The My Son remnants are considered the largest and most holy temple complex of the Champa Kingdom in the south central coastal area. The complex is comparable to other great structures which bear the hallmarks of Indian civilization in the Southeast Asian region.

Located 68 km southwest of Hoi An, My Son lies in an emerald circular valley about 2 kilometres in diameter. It is surrounded by hills and mountains. Construction work went on from the 4th to the 13th centuries and the temples were dedicated to Shiva. The site was abandoned by the 15th century when the Cham people moved south.

My Son at one stage boasted 71 brick and stone structures. Regretfully the complex was heavily damaged by warfare and, as a result, there remain only 32 ancient towers, of which only 20 have their original figures kept relatively intact.

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