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My Son Sanctuary, Duy Xuyen

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Listed as a World Heritage Site, My Son Sanctuary served as a burial place for the Cham royalty and a sacred site for Hindu ceremonies. Built between the 4th and 14th centuries in a blend of architectural styles, the cluster of partially ruined tower-temples remains one of the oldest archaeological sites in the region. Inspect many types of religious stone buildings on the site, such as a brick sanctuary, gate-tower, and a house sheltering valuables offered to the deities. Inside you can find many inscriptions in Sanskrit and old Cham, which portray the ancient rulers' need to receive affirmation from the divine. Before you head to Duy Xuyen, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Duy Xuyen vacation builder, to make sure you see all that Duy Xuyen has to offer, including My Son Sanctuary.
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  • I took a tour organised by my Homestay which involved a 4.15 am pick up. I thought that meant we would be well and truly there for the sunrise. But instead of the breakfast pack mentioned in the tour ...  more »
  • My Son is about a 1 hour drive from Hoi An and most hotels will organise a car to take you and bring you back. Was very interesting to wander the ruins and learn a bit about the ancient history of thi...  more »
  • Built between the 4th and 14th centuries after Christ, was the political and religious heart of Champa, one of the largest in Southeast Asia. It's probably the world's most important Hindu temples complex and was composed originally by 71 temples. Archaeologists have divided the buildings in 10 named groups with the letters of the alphabet, where the most important archaeological groups are groups B, C and d. having been built over the course of about ten centuries, My Son has several architectural styles, linked by a considerable technological expertise and planning. The temples are entirely in brick with stone columns and bas-reliefs depicting the region's natural environments and icons of Hindu Mythology. For this reason, the complex is considered an outstanding example of the interchange between indigenous culture and Indian spirituality. Unesco World Heritage site, My Son was discovered at the beginning of ' 900 by French archaeologists and has a key role to understand culture and society in Southeast Asia. The destruction of the war, however, have caused serious losses and today, unfortunately, you can see the remains of only 25 properties. This site by My Son didn't though thrilled, because I do comparisons. Last year we visited the spectacular site of Angor Wat in Cambodia (where they renovated a lot), while here the temples were reduced to crumbs by the bombings and have probably had the opportunity to do restoration work. During the war in Viet Nam the Vietcong hid themselves in fact within these walls and some temples, including bigger and nicer, were destroyed by bombing by the Americans, from Charlie company. In the small museum are photo galleries of the restoration work carried out, as well as small archaeological pieces and gargoyles.
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  • The attraction itself is just so so. Ruins that are beeing systematically modified/rebuilt. To see it, we had to stand quite a lot in the burning sun. I regret not having some kind of a hat. However, it is well organised with small shops and electrical cars for half of the trip up. I would prefer to walk there, though, as most of the road was shady, anyway.
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  • It takes about 1 hour from the city to this place and is better to take a half day tour for visiting this place than come here by yourself with motorbike (too hot to drive on the road). Totally, such a wonderful and historic place to visit in Asia.
  • A rustic beauty & unspoiled nature, the undeniable charm of Champa sculpture & architecture! The UNESSCO registered the My Son Sanctuary Site as a World Cultural Heritage Site that is “a typical example of cultural exchanges” and “the only evidence of a lost Asian civilization”. It used to be the religious and cultural capital of the Champa Kingdom. This is a place that you should visit at least once in your life if you love culture and nature
  • Good historical site but not the best in south East Asia. It's quite small and if you're like me and I've seen the temples in other South East Asia countries like Bagan, Myanmar, then it will not necessarily disappoint, but you'll have seen similar, bigger and better. What it does have is a well set up and run system for tourists. I spent 1 hour here. Worth the visit if you're in the area, but don't travel miles for this.