Timings : 6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Time Required : 3-4 hours
Entry Fee : VND 15000
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My Son Sanctuary, recognized by UNESCO as the world heritage site, is located about 43km to the southwest of Da Nang. Site Archelogique de My Son is a series of over 70 partly ruined Hindu temples which were built between in the 4th to the 14th century AD by the rulers of Champa.
My Son is a historic site which houses the mystical ruins of the ancient Cham Dynasty. The relics here mainly consist of rock-cut temples and intricately carved shrines. The temples are mainly dedicated to Lord Shiva, and parts of these were destroyed in the American Vietnam war bombings. It is believed to be the centre of prayer in the times of the Cham monarchs. Overlooking a rich jungle of foliage and green, this destination is a wonderful combination of natural and man-made beauty.
This destination has a number of stone cut temple ruins which at one point of time had intricate carvings adorning their walls. The late 4th century saw the rise of My Son as an illustrious religious centre under King Bhadravarman. These monuments were constantly developed and until the 13th century and are perhaps one of the few monuments to have seen growth over such a long period. It is believed that at one point of time, the entire surface of these architectures was gilded. However, the shrine was not completed in its due course and suffered subsequent damage when the United States attacked Vietnam during World War II. A number of its important scriptures are inscribed on the pillar surfaces, which is an informative embellishment. Although it only retains a part of its former glory, My Son is still one of the top destinations to visit if you wish to relive the days of the Cham Empire's glory.