Vietnam’s World Heritage site at My Son

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An hour’s drive from Hoi An is the ancient World Heritage Hindu site of My Son (pronounced Me Sohn). Seventy Cham temples were built between the 4th and 13th century. The twenty remaining temples are being restored under difficult circumstances given the area’s heat, humidity and propensity to flooding. In the 1930s, French archaeologists identified all of the periods represented at the site and began the first restoration work. In its original state, the site was comparable to temple complexes at Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Borobodur in Indonesia and Bagan in Myanmar.

Around fifty of the temples were destroyed in August 1969 when My Son, known to be a base for North Vietnamese guerrilla fighters, was carpet bombed by American B52s. Bomb craters are evident across the site. Unexploded ordnances are known to exist in the surrounding areas.

 
Vietnam’s World Heritage site at My Son. | The Black Lion Journal | The Black Lion

 
Vietnam’s World Heritage site at My Son. | The Black Lion Journal | The Black Lion

 
Vietnam’s World Heritage site at My Son. | The Black Lion Journal | The Black Lion

 
Vietnam’s World Heritage site at My Son. | The Black Lion Journal | The Black Lion

 
Vietnam’s World Heritage site at My Son. The Black Lion Journal | The Black Lion

 

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