India funds restoration of My Son Sanctuary
09:14 | 27/12/2017

VGP - The Indian Government will provide nearly US$3 million to the central province of Quang Nam to help restore and preserve the world cultural heritage site of My Son Sanctuary.

International tourists are seen visiting UNESCO-recognized My Son Sanctuary in central Viet Nam's Quang Nam Province

According, a project has been implementing to conserve the site under a memorandum of understanding on cooperation signed between the two countries.

In addition, India will also send archaeologists and architects to help with the restoration, which will be implemented in the next five years.

Indian archaeological engineer B. Kumar affirmed the My Son Sanctuary reflects not only construction techniques but also history values, noting that this is an architectural and art masterpiece as it was built at the place where the natural landscape is in connection with religious concepts. 

He underlined the need to protect and restore both the architecture and the natural landscape, thus returning the inherent value and bringing vitality to the monument. 

In 2017, the My Son Sanctuary welcomed 290,000 tourists, up over 10% year-on-year, raking in nearly VND50 billion .

Once the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom, My Son Sanctuary is located in a hilly landscape in Duy Phu commune, Duy Xuyendistrict, about 70 km southwest of central Da Nang city and 40 km from Hoi An city.

It comprises eight groups of 71 monument built throughout the 7th -13th centuries. 

The first construction of My Son dated back to the 4th century under the reign of Bhadravarman for the worship of God Shiva-Bhadresvara. But later on, the temple was destroyed. 

At the beginning of the 7th century, King Sambhuvarman had it rebuilt and rebaptised Sambhu-Bhadresvara. Each new monarch came to My Son after his accession to the throne for the ceremony of purification and to present offerings and erect new monuments, which explains why My Son is the only place where Cham art flourished without interruption from the 7th to 13th century.

The project is part of a plan to celebrate the Viet Nam - India Friendship Year 2012, when the two countries mark the 40th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.

                                                                                                                                              By Vien Nhu

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