My Son Sanctuary- colors of ethnic cultures
Despite the effects of time and wars, My Son Sanctuary sparkles with the unique beauty of a masterpiece. Located 70 km from Da Nang City and 45 km from Hoi An ancient town, the sanctuary used to be the religious and cultural center of the old Cham people. It was constructed between the 4th and 13th century in the proximity to the then ancient citadels of the Cham Kingdom, Tra Kieu and then Dong Duong. Explore My Son with Tours Indochina

When intact, the site encompassed 70 tower temples and the tombs of King and senior priests. From baked bricks and sandstone, ancient Cham artisans created a large-scale and unique architectural complex. The sophistication of the sandstone and brick bas-reliefs which artisans carved directly into the brick walls still amazes researchers. For over a thousand years, the complex has remained sturdy and the materials used to cement the bricks together still puzzle archeologists

My Son- the unique architecture of the old Cham people
My Son- the unique architecture of the old Cham people- source: internet

If you are standing at the heart of My Son temple complex- an important religious center, built from the late 4th century. Back in the past, the Champa Kingdom was established in 192 AD. Its first citadel was named Shimhapura- the lion Citadel, 20 km east of here. According to some historical documents, at the end of the 4th century, Champa King chose this valley to build temples for worshipping Hindu pantheons. The decision to choose My Son as the sanctuary received the agreement of following dynasties until the fall of the kingdom. Over a millennium of existence, the kingdom changed it citadel several times, yet My Son Sanctuary remained the central venue for prayers and worships in the Champa kingdom throughout all dynasties. It was regarded the most sacred place in the country. It was where for military prayed for good luck before battles as well as where the triumphant troops would offer their most precious booty to the gods. Nowadays, being held each even numbered year, My Son festival has a lot of cultural activities and traditional village products exhibition is a chance for tourists can understand more about the ancient culture here. See more: Vietnam tours

My Son festival
My Son festival- source: internet

For tourists, My Son as a library about an old culture. You will be wondering how the old Cham people can make it from bricks without mortar. Each period showed a different architecture that reflected the prosperity or decline of a dynasty. According to a famous architect used to say: the value of My Son Sanctuary can be briefly expressed that the ancient Cham people nurtured their souls into soils and stones while relying on nature to create a majestic My Son Sanctuary- an invaluable architectural museum of human beings that still holds many mysteries. Although partly damaged, what’s left on My Son Sanctuary are remarkable sculptural works depicting the Cham culture. Every day, the locals organize Cham cultural performances to serve tourist. It is also an activity to preserve the Cham culture in the My Son temple complex which used to be the cultural and religious center of the Champa Kingdom.

The cultural performance in My Son to serve tourists
The cultural performance in My Son to serve tourists- source: internet

Thousands of years has gone, the cultural values still stand and is preserved very well. Not only have a chance to admire its ancient beauty but also a paradise for someone who are the big fan of history and the old culture. My Son looks like its name- the color of ethnic culture.

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