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My Son

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Between the 2th and 17th centuries, the Champa Kingdom, based on a unique culture which owed its spiritual origins to Indian Hinduism developed on the coast of Viet Nam, ruling much of South and Central Vietnam. A millennium ago, My Son, as the main Champa center, was the counterpart of other South-East Asia's great cities such as Angkor, Bagan, or Ayathuya, and the longest inhabited (from the 4th to the 14th century). Its temple complex is the largest Champa site in Vietnam, and one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia. The impressive tower temples of My Son, set in a verdant valley, are largely ruined, but it is still possible to grasp the importance of the site and see the effects of time and vegetation. For beautiful specimen of Cham sculpture, you'd have to check the Cham Museum in Danang, whereas the best preserved structures are further south. My Son Sancturary is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Paved path in forest. My Son, Vietnam ( color) Path in forest with dog. My Son, Vietnam ( color) Ancient Cham Temples set in jungle. My Son, Vietnam ( color) Ruined cham temples in the mist. My Son, Vietnam ( color) Hindu temple archeological complex. My Son, Vietnam ( color) Archeological Cham site. My Son, Vietnam ( color) Ruined cham tower in the mist. My Son, Vietnam ( color) Ruined Champa towers. My Son, Vietnam ( color) Ruined Champa monuments. My Son, Vietnam ( color) Hindu tower temples. My Son, Vietnam ( color) Champa tower taken over by vegetation. My Son, Vietnam ( color) View from inside champa tower temple. My Son, Vietnam ( color) Restoration work. My Son, Vietnam ( color) Vegetation invades ruined Cham temple. My Son, Vietnam ( color) Reptile on corner of ruined temple. My Son, Vietnam ( color) Relief detail with human figure. My Son, Vietnam ( color) Hindu script detail. My Son, Vietnam ( color) Detail of sculpture. My Son, Vietnam ( color) Floral relief detail. My Son, Vietnam ( color)
All the 19 color pictures of My Son are on this page

Places: Vietnam World Heritage Sites