My Son Sanctuary

My Son Sanctuary situated in My Son village, Duy Tan commune, Duy Xuyen district Quang Nam Province. It's about 30km west of Tra Kieu and 69km south west of Da Nang city. If Hoi An enchants you by colorful lanterns along downtown streets in the evening, the charming red towers in My Son Sanctuary will amazes you from the sunset.

History of My Son Sanctuary;

image of My Son Sanctuary

Nestling in a narrow valley encompassed by the mountains, this temple, tower complex is a masterpiece of historical Cham architecture. My Son consists of 70 architectural works which range from small to size. It used to be holly land of Cham individuals from the 4th to the 13th century.

In the 4th century, under the King Bhadravarman's time, following the construction of Tra Kieu, the religious center of Cham kingdom. It was set in My Son to welcome royal members, aristocrats and hosts significant religious rituals. Continually developing through nearly two decades. My Son witnessed the glorious, booming along with time of decline of the Champa kingdom. The first temple was constructed from timber in the IV century. Where worshiping the Holy Shiva Bhadravarman, whose name is a combination of King Bhadravarman in the time and Saint Siva.

On the other hand, the wooden temple was completely damaged due to a fire in the sixth century. In later years. The Cham Kings continued to build new temples and towers to worship the God, the Saints and show their great power. By late 13th century, the Champa kingdom was attacked by the neighbor nations such as Vietnam, Chinese, and Khmer. After that they had to move the capital to the south in Binh Thuan province. Ever since then, My Son was decommissioned and no tower was assembled onsite anymore.

In 1898, this holly land was researched by a French scholar, also ranged from 1937 to 1944 from Ecole Francaise d'Extreme Orient.

Sadly. This complex was destroyed by American bombs during the war. It's only 20 from 32 remnants still maintain their first appearance today.

According to a lot of French, Poland and Vietnamese researchers, My Son refuge architecture was influenced by Arabian, Malaysian, Indonesian, notably Indian culture, and it's the convergence of various styles like ancient style from the 7th-eighth hundreds of years, Hoa Lai style in 8th-ninth century, Indochina style in the mid of ninth century, My Son- Binh Dinh style. All the towers were constructed from red bricks and sandstone.

My Son Sanctuary

Today, the brick making and construction remain a secret among several archeologists and tourists too. Even though there aren't many remnants left, My Son holly land nonetheless boasts the rich tradition and artwork of ancient Champa kingdom in glorious times. Since of these priceless values it was honorably known as a World Cultural Heritage site in 1999, also attracts millions of tourists on over the World every year. You can do My Son tour from Da Nang not only from Hoi An.

It's great for

  • Family, couple, solo
  • Openning: 8AM - 4:30PM
  • Best time to travel from Sept to April

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