My Son Sanctuary

Located 50 km from Hoi An, My Son is considered as the fourth World Heritage in Vietnam since 1999 due to its unique historical, architectural and cultural value. It is a must- see destination for those who are interested in architecture and ancient civilizations.

My Son was an imperial city during the Cham dynasty between the 4th and 12th centuries. My Son sanctuary is a large complex of religious relics that comprises of more than 70 architectural works. They include temples and towers that connect to each other with intricate red brick designs. The main component of the Cham architectural design is the tower built to reflect the divinity of the King.

70 Buildings of My Son are distributed in 5 different points covering a total of 142 hectares. Archaeologists have divided the constructions of My Son in 10 separate groups named with the letters of the alphabet, where the most important archaeological groups are groups B, C and D.

The passage of time and the bombing during the Vietnam War have deteriorated part of the structures that make My Son, fortunately 20 buildings have great condition.

The architecture and construction techniques of My Son are mainly red brick with a similar component to the mortar used as a glue the pieces together, and just a temple of the archaeological Group B was held in stone. Sculptures and also all of the decoration were directly sculpted on the brick. Details of Champa building techniques, yet do not know for example today it is believed that the bricks hardened using fire.