Sunday, July 12, 2015

Mỹ Sơn of Champa.

 This is our driver taking us to My Son of Champa
 As with Vietnamese roads, this road is no different: lots of bikes. car, trucks, humans all on the side of the road that I am not used to!!! But not to worry, the driver has great manoeuvring skills!!!

See, we had reached the bridge to the magical kingdom of long ago....

My Son: World Cultural Heritage

  My Son sanctuary which was once an imperial city during the Champa dynasty, between the 4th and the 12th centuries. We travel about 50km to My Son sanctuary. It comprises many Champa temples, in a valley roughly two kilometers wide, surrounded by two mountain ranges. It was the site of religious ceremony of kings of the Champa dynasty, and was also a burial place of Champa royals and national heroes. Spend about 1.5 hour to see a large complex of religious relics that comprises more than 65 architectural works. In 1999, UNESCO labeled the Cham architecture in My Son as a World Cultural Heritage Site. You will also have chance to enjoy the traditional Apsara dancing of Cham girls.

 replica of the relics

 Mỹ Sơn has been recognized byUNESCO as a world heritage site. 

 we had to walk was very hot!!!! and Champa occupies a valley

 how awesome!!!! This actually dates back centuries!!!
 From the 4th to the 14th century AD, the valley at Mỹ Sơn was a site of religious ceremony for kings of the ruling dynasties of Champa, as well as a burial place for Cham royalty and national heroes.
 The temples at Mỹ Sơn are made of a reddish brick. Decorative carvings have been cut directly into the bricks.
 " The temples of My Son Sanctuary is situated in the valley 2km wide,occupying the monarchy of  Champa. My Son Sanctuary is considered one of the central temple of Hinduism in Southeast Asia and is the only legacy of this category in Vietnam."

 The remains of the kingdom of Champa, which flourished from the 2nd to the 15th century.

some are well eroded...some are still preserved......

the stone that says "Cham" used to be the cradle of Vietnamese civilisation

 Cheong likes to do a jig, here he is celebrating centuries-old preservation of temples that he got to witness, he is awed. like all of us.

 like, I told you, it was very, very hot!!!!

 Our ticket to the santuary of history 
 and it includes a cultural show....

  Enjoy the traditional Apsara dancing of Cham girls!!!!

  1. Mỹ Sơn
  2. Mỹ Sơn is a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and the 14th century AD by the kings of Champa. Wikipedia

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