On the way from Danang to Hoi An, tourists often choose to visit Marble Moutains, Linh Ung Pagoda and My Khe beach. Besides these places, My Son holy land is also a famous destination which attracts a lot of visitors coming to Hoi an or Da nang. Tourists coming to Danang City or Hoi an should include a trip to the My Son Village as it is only one hour drive from Hoi an and 2-hour drive from Da Nang. My Son holy land is a wonderful place for those who are interested in culture and history of Cham people.
Chăm Pa culture had great influences on Vietnam’s cultural values of significance. The once capital of Chăm Pa Kingdom from 4th to 15th century was “Thánh địa Mỹ Sơn”, called “Mỹ Sơn Sanctuary” or “Valley of Kings” by French historians.
In those days, Mỹ Sơn became centre for spirituality and worship during the reign of the Chămpa Kingdom. Exemplifying the height of Chăm architectural achievement, The Mỹ Sơn Sanctuary is a large complex of religious monuments originally consisting of more than 70 structures; the vestiges of 25 of which remain today. The builders of Mỹ Sơn were the nobility of the Chămpa Kingdom who derived their cultural and spiritual influences almost exclusively from India.
My Sơn is located inside the valley complex of Quang Nam Province, southern Vietnam around 70 kilometers southwest of Da Nang city. From the 4th to 15th centuries, it was an imperial city during the Chăm dynasty. Besides Hoi An old town, an ancient destination of historical value in Da Nang, My Son in Quang Nam is also a place of historical and culture-oriented tourism. If Hoi An enchants you by colorful lanterns along downtown streets by night, charming red towers in My Son surely amaze you in the sunset. If you decide to visit My Son holy land, hiring a guide will help you understand more about this impressive destination.
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. Therefore, it is extremely useful and meaningful for those interested in Southeast Asian culture, which owes its core to ancient Cham culture, to drop off the land. Although time and the wars have destroyed some towers, the remaining sculptural and architectural remnants still reflect the style and history of the art of the Chăm people. Their masterpieces mark a glorious time for the architecture and culture of the Chăm, as well as of Southeast Asia.