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Hoi An 2016 – My Son Sanctuary

Friday, October 21, 2016 15:24
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My Son Sanctuary is like a mini version of Angkor Wat. It is located about 40km from Hoi An and takes around 1 1/2hrs to get there by bus. The easiest way to visit would be to join a day tour – which could also include a side trip to a nearby island off Hoi An.

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The temple itself is in ruins and not yet fully restored. Actually I hope they would leave it this way as ancient monuments that are restored often lose their mystical aura. There are only a few structures which are relatively intact – but even from these you could visualize the grandeur of the temple in its glory days. Those who have visited Angkor Wat would no doubt find this underwhelming – but it is still an amazing site – to see the ingenuity of our ancestors thousands of years ago.

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My Son was built by the Cham people of central Vietnam who also fell under the influence of Hinduism and Buddhism like their surrounding neighbours in Cambodia and Laos. I always wonder how the designs are transmitted from India to South-East Asia without the convenience of drawings. The artisans must have carried the designs in their heads and travel across thousands of miles to build these amazing structures.

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