My Son temples

The My Son temples are about an hour and a half’s drive into the hills from Hoi An.  This site was built and used by the Cham people between the 4th and 13th centuries.  The Cham had come to Vietnam possibly from India or Indonesia, as this was a Hindu religious site with Javanese influence in the decoratve styles.  The site disappeared under lush jungle for centuries until it was rediscovered by the French in the late 1800s.  There were about 70 temples at My Son, but sadly it was the target of US bombing during the Vietnam War and many were destroyed.  There are B-52 bomb craters dotting the site.  It was well worth the visit and we were quite in awe of the artistry of the people who built the temples a thousand years ago.  The bricks were so tightly fitted together that you would not be able to pass a thin sheet of rice paper between them, displaying the remarkable precision of the Cham builders and brick makers.

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