My Son Holy Land
My Son Holy Land is the most typical example of Cham architecture in Vietnam. It still keeps in secret how and by what kind of substance Cham people could stick these red baked bricks together to form such solid structures. High shrine towers with double pillars, solid walls, elaborate carvings and striking sculptures, all reflect the exclusive beauty of Cham culture. Welcome there and feel the amazing beauty of architecture.
My Son is located inside the valley complex in Quang Nam Province, southern Vietnam around 69 km southwest of Danang city, 150 km from Hue and 75km from Hoi An. My Son is the former capital of the ancient Cham civilization that ruled Central Vietnam from from the 4th to 15th centuries. In 1999, My Son is honorably recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. My Son is captivating in various cultural values as an example of evolution and change in culture and as an evidence of an Asian civilization which is now extinct. My Son used to be a group of more than 70 structures (mainly temples and towers) built by Cham Kings to commemorate important events during their reign. Every time they have a new king, they build a new temple. Each temple has a typical architecture which reflects a historical stage of the Champa Kingdoms. My Son sanctuary is truly a vivid proof reflecting Cham-style architecture which is much influenced by India style. Most of the temples point to the East, the sun direction. Champa people thought that the East was the place where the gods lived. Although some towers have been destroyed by the time and the wars, the remaining sculptural and architectural remnants still reflects the style and history of the art of the Cham people. Only 25 monuments remain intact today, though parts of them are in decreasing conditions due to weather exposure and overgrowth vegetation. Their masterpieces mark a glorious time for the architecture and culture of the Cham, as well as of Southeast Asia. My Son represents the longest period of development of any monuments for religious purposes in Southeast Asia. My Son Holyland is the finest example of Cham architecture in Vietnam. It is still a secret how and by what kind of substance Cham people could stick these red baked bricks together to form such solid structures. High shrine towers with double pillars, solid walls, elaborate carvings and striking sculptures, all reflect the exclusive beauty of Cham culture. It’s a regret for those who don’t have a chance to visit My Son Holy land at the time they are in Hoi an or Da Nang. My Son Holy land is really worth the visit. Come there and make your trip more interesting.
Place to visit
Tra Kieu Capital: known as Simhapura (Lion Citadel) formerly, Tra Kieu was the very first capital city of Champa, serving in that capacity from the 4th to the 8th centuries. However, today nothing remains of the ancient city the finest carving in the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Danang, were found here. Mountain Church (Nha Tho Nui): located on the top of Buu Chau Hill, its open-air structure was built in 1970 to replace an earlier church destroyed by an American bomb a Cham tower once stood on this spot. It's worth visiting the little shop at the bottom of the hill to look at a picture of the site in antiquity and peruse its collection of small artefacts. The Mountain Church is 6.5 km from Highway 1A and 19.5 km from My Son. Within Tra Kieu, it is 200m from the morning market, Tra Kieu market (Cho Tra Kieu) and 500m from Tra Kieu Church. My Son Holy Land: After visiting Tra Kieu, our tour in Hoi An will take you to My Son Holy Land (Thanh Dia My Son). You will have great time with the typically ancient temples which were built by Champa people. Moreover, you have chance to see and even experience the nice Apsara Dances, the traditionally sexy dances of Champa girls. After interesting time of visiting, you will have time for lunch and rest. Then, visitors will have exciting experience with riding bike tour. This tour is not only a healthy exercise but also give you great opportunity to see, to feel and even to taste slowly the naturally peaceful beauty of holy land area. Particularly, for those who love studying history can be introduced about My Lai Village, in Sơn Mỹ Commune, Sơn Tịnh District, Quảng Ngãi. It is a historical site in which occured a terrible massacre by American in 1968. It will be one of your most memorable experience in your journey.
Price: You just only spend 99$USD for your group of two people including English-speaking guide, entrance fee at My Son Holyland, lunch, and driver... Accomodation: After visiting My Son Holyland, visitors can come back Hoi An and stay in Hoi An hotels such as Mercure Hotel...