My Son

My Son Temple City, Vietnam 2013

My Son is a temple town in Central Vietnam, about 50 kilometers southwest of the former port city of Hoi An. In 1999 it was declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.

From the 2nd or 3rd century the Cham culture developed on the coast of Vietnam. Culturally, this was strongly influenced by the Indian culture, which was expressed mainly in the adoption of Hindu beliefs (worship of the Hindu god Shiva) and art.

From Champa, the realm of Cham, there are more than 70 temples in My Son, which consist of a central tower-like structure and smaller surrounding buildings.

After the collapse of the Champa Empire, the site had been forgotten and rediscovered by the French colonialists at the end of the 19th century.

 

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