My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at about 70km southwest of Da Nang and 40km from Hoi An ancient town. It is a great the ancient Champa civilization located in the southern part of Vietnam. It was an independent state from around the 2nd to the 17th century, at which time it was occupied by Vietnam.
The impressive Hindu-themed ruins feature many beautiful temples, towers and stone sculptures in tropical jungle surroundings.
My Son Sanctuary was also a a royal burial ground, political centre and the complex consists of more than 70 structures dedicated to Hindu gods and goddesses and the most bright one, Shiva was considered as the protector of the Champa’s kings. Their skilful used of red bricks and sandstone is still mystery.
Like many famous historic sites in over the world, My Son Sanctuary was damaged by time and wars and after lying neglected for a long time it was discovered and renovated by the French in 1898. Sadly the most recent war did great damage to the complex as the Americans bombed this area knowing that the Viet Cong used it as a hiding place, mistakenly thinking that the enemy would not touch a holy place.
My Son Sanctuary
However, the main of the central complex managed to survive the bombs and parts of the ruins have now been rebuilt. In general, this Hindu site reminds visitors of other similar sites in Southeast Asia including the great Angkor Wat in Cambodia. A must-visit for those who like to discover about history.
Opening Hours: All year round. The best time to visit is at early morning before weather gets too hot and when site is not too crowded.
Location: In a small valley in Duy Tan Commune, Duy Xuyen District of Quang Nam Province (about 70km southwest of Danang and 40km from Hoi An)