While not as magnificent as Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the ancient ruins of the Champa Kingdom in My Son is Vietnam’s most significant archeological site. Statues at My Son associate the Cham monarchs with Indian divinities such as Shiva and while many have been pillaged or destroyed by war, others have remained in good condition. The distinct style of the Cham artists has made their sites easy to identify and to this day, Cham pottery remains famous.
My Son is divided into 10 main groups depending on the era or divinity honoured. Shrouded in jungle, the journey out to My Son is an attraction in itself. Note the phallic linga, symbolising fertility. Behind the first cluster of ruins stands the fertile Cat’s Tooth Mountain, a green, lush mount often dappled in purple flowers. Breathe in the spirit of history and admire the awe of civilisations past.