A quaint, cheerful town of Vietnam, Hoi An presents a mystical world of wonders that is a treat to explore. It is a unique cultural haven filled with historical delights and pro-urban idyllic serenity, and Hoi An is sure to satisfy every traveller’s culinary, adventurous, and holiday need. One of the highlights of this pollution-free town is the My Son Hindu Sanctuary – a unique attraction to behold.
Located within the mountainous region of Duy Xuyen in the Quang Nam Province at the heart of Vietnam, the My Son Hindu sanctuary dates back to the 4th century CE. A site that was once the religious capital of the Champa Kingdom, it now houses the aged ruins of tower-temples within breathtaking natural surroundings that imbue it with a sense of nostalgic poignancy. Witness the charming Thu Bon River that begins at this point and flows merrily past the monuments, passing the heartland of the Champa Kingdom and meeting the South China at the port of Hoi An. Poised atop an elevated basin, this site truly is a spectacular reminder of the area’s grand history.
The Hindu influence can clearly be observed as the temples were constructed in honour of the Hindu deities of Lord Krishna and Lord Vishnu, and, most notably, Lord Shiva. The architectural symbolism of these temples is phenomenal in its iconic capture of the Champa culture. The designs resemble the majesty and virginity of Mount Meru, which is believed to be the mythical home of the Hindu Gods at the heart of the universe. The temples were made of fired red bricks and sandstone pillars that have withstood the onslaught of centuries, and now showcase the architectural talent of the Cham people.
Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this majestic locale was also a burial ground and political center that contains in excess of 70 monuments dedicated to the Hindu Gods. Visit this monumental place during the early hours of the morning and immerse yourself in the array of stories it resonates of wars and the slow roll of ages past, and allow history to unfold before you in the symbols and iconography that grace the exteriors of these magnificent monuments.
After an overwhelming experience at My Son Hindu Sanctuary, relax and unwind at a stylish and comfortable Hoi An spa resort such as the luxurious confines of the Anantara Hoi An Resort. With gracious hospitality and five-star services, this spectacular Hoi An hotel awaits your visit.
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