My Son World Heritage site

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My Son World Heritage site Hoi An Reviews

gingerbatik gingerba…
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My Son Jul 06, 2013
Today we join day tour to My Son Unesco World Heritage Site. We booked the tour from our hotel which including lunch and boat ride on the way back to Hoi An.

I do not remember how much it cost as all the bill was put into the room charge since we also take the hotel taxi to go to other place.

It seems the admission fee to My Son is not included as we have to pay extra for the ticket entrance, I think it is around usd 5 for the ticket.

The tour bus pick us up at 8am and it was almost full there and it seems we are the last third person being pick up for the day. It takes one hour ride on the bus as My Son located 50 km from Hoi An. Luckily the bus has air condition and the tour guide is quite good and informative.

According to the story, 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. The architecture and construction techniques of My Son are mainly red brick with a similar component to the mortar used as a glue to pieces together.

My Son constructions include temples, towers, tombs and reddish brick structures that are linking the various buildings.

My Son temples have Indian and Indonesian influences, noticeable particularly in stone sculptures shaped goddesses, reminding by its style to the apsaras of Temples of Angkor in Cambodia.

The most striking buildings are the Cham towers. These towers are divided into three zones: the base (representing the earth), the center (representing the spiritual world) and the top of the tower (represents the realm between heaven and earth).
Plan of the Sanctuary of My Son
the ruin of temple
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gingerbatik says:
no, it is in Hoi An Vietnam.
Posted on: Sep 18, 2013
cotton_foam says:
is this in Cambodia also? We didnt go here...too bad its so beautiful!
Posted on: Sep 17, 2013
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christl3 christl3
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Unfortunate History Nov 08, 2012
My Son (pronounced ME-Son) is an area of Hindu monuments set in a valley about an hour outside of Hoi An. It was named a UNESCO world heritage site in 1999.

The Cham people ruled Vietnam for 1500 years and were ousted in the 19th century by the Chinese invasion. They had built this series of monuments outside Hoi An for worship to their gods.

The temples were vast and some were very tall. The tallest one stood at (as far as i recall) about 36metres tall, before it was bombed by the American's during the Vietnam war because the area where the temples were was a Viet Cong military base.

The temples are very decorative and beautifully and intricately built. Till this day the Vietnamese are still unsure as to how these ancient peoples built the monuments as the bricks are not held together, they are simply stacked on top of one another with no cement or adhesive. The theory of how they built them is that they used tree resin to hold them together and honey and other natural materials for the outside of the bricks to help them withstand the elements for many years.

On the outside of the temples are images of Vishnu (i think that's the name of the Hindu Goddess with many arms) - who is in charge of three things - creation, destruction, rebirth. Everything that was once created must be destroyed in order to be reborn! Many of the heads of the carvings were stolen by the French during the colonisation and are now housed in La Louvre Museum is Paris. The Vietnamese put new heads onto the statues but you can clearly see the difference in the colour and texture of the materials used.

The costly restoration project they have underway can only be carried out on certain monuments as some were so heavily damaged by the American bombs that left them unsalvagable. There are a plethora of craters around the My Son complex highlighting where the bombs fell. They still have two bombs that did not explode (duds) in one of the temples.

The My Son complex is enchanting and mysterious. I found it fascinating to know that people are still unsure as to how these magnificent monuments were built. Maybe they knew something we didn't!

Highly recommend this attraction, but you'll need a guide to inform you throughout the complex.
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kath772001 kath7720…
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My son Adventure Mar 16, 2011
Going to My son (pronounced as me Sun) is not part of the original plan when i went to Hoi An,but when i wasn't able to book my bus ticket to Nha trang that day,me and my German travel mate decided to go to My son.we paid $4 for the trip,we went there by bus and supposedly goes back to Hoi an by bus as well but was offered to go back by boat and just paid extra 50,000 VND($2.50);the entrance fee is 60,000 VND

the place is awesome,you will need to listen to your tour guide for you to be able to understand and to appreciate the place; My son is also called the holy land,the place was destroyed during Vietnam War,bomb creators are still visible in the area,the locals in my son are trying to preserve and fix the ruins,with the help of other countries and UNESCO

would recommend to go there to see the place and to do some hiking as well since the place is in the forest.
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Liselore_Verschuren Liselore…
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Don't miss the dance show Nov 14, 2009
The My Son temple complex is beautiful and impressive enough to occupy every visitor, but the area has an extra thing to offer. At the entrance of My Son there is a small stage where everybody who entered can enjoy a free dance show. If I remember correctly, morning shows were at 9.30 and 11.00, and a show lasts for about twenty minutes. Make sure you get there well in advance, otherwise you won’t be able to see a thing.

The performance consists a small group of dancers who show a few dances in traditional costumes. The level of the dancers isn’t brilliant, but nonetheless enjoyable. The big star of the show is an elderly man who plays a tune on his flute. He manages to impress mainly with his lung capacity.
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levu says:
cool. thank you!!!
Posted on: Apr 28, 2010
Liselore_Verschuren says:
You can't book for this show. There are two shows in the morning I'm aware of (as mentioned in the review), just come well in advance and grab a seat.
Posted on: Apr 27, 2010
levu says:
is it that interesting? i definitely must go there this summer.
Is it easy to book a sit and enjoy the show?
Posted on: Apr 27, 2010
jaeWALK jaeWALK
56 reviews
My Son Sunrise Nov 24, 2008
The World Heritage site of My Son was a religious center of the Cham Empire between the 4th and 13th centuries. Discovered in the 1890s by the French, it was later on devastated during the American War (what a pity).

Anyway, to truly enjoy My Son one has to go there either very early or late. The site, I've heard, can get very crowded, so it's best to go there when you know you're one of the only few people there... who wants to bring home pictures of landmarks with hordes of tourists anyway.

I've opted to visit the site during sunrise and leave the hotel around 530AM, but since it was a cloudy day I had the schedule moved 30 minutes later. Really, what's the point of wanting to see the sun when the sun doesn't intend to show right? The drive to My Son took about an 1 1/2 hour. It was quite a scenic ride actually, and it was nice to see the countryside wake up... farmers getting ready to plow the field, children biking their way to school. I regret not having the driver stop so i can take pictures of those things.

Anyway, upon arriving in My Son, I had to pay the entrance fee which is 65,000VND ($4). Getting to the site involves a bit of walking - a good morning exercise, I must say. As we reached the ruins, the rain poured so i had to seek shelter in one of the temple structures. Good thing the rain lasted for only a few minutes and I get to explore the place.

The site is divided into 10 groups named after letters from A and A' to K. A number is assigned to a structure within a group. There's only a few groups that visitors can explore since most groups are severely destroyed by the war, and wandering off from the marked paths can be quite risky given the fact that there still might be unexploded land mines. Although, authorities claim that it has been cleared of the mines, it's better to be safe than sorry. A

Anyway, a little summary about each group:

There's Group C, where once the altar of Shiva stood. It has a bomb crater in front of it and it makes you wonder how it survived that.

Then Group B which was the main sanctuary dedicated to the King who built My Son.

Group D. Meditation halls in the past, but is now used as galleries that feature relics from the site.

And finally there's group A, completely destroyed by bombs.

The My Son ruins is said to be the counterpart of Ayuthaya in Thailand, Angkor in Cambodia, and Borobodur in Indonesia, but it does pale in comparison given that the site is almost completely destroyed and the size is quite small. Looking at the map you'd think it's big, but you can thoroughly finish exploring it for an hour. It would take you a longer time to walk to and from the site even.

I personally think though that even if the other ancient temples are more grand in scale, size and beauty, in My Son, the way it was built and it's place in history to the Cham people (and the Vietnamese) it is just as impressive.

It's a pity the weather wasn't that good when I got there. I would have enjoyed it more and have taken better shots of the place. Then again, not even rain can stop me. It did let me have a different take on the site as far as pictures go. And I still consider myself lucky because right after I left, it did rain harder and longer as the first bus of French tourists arrived.

Several days later, I talked to this American couple who has beento My Son just about the same time when I was there and told me about their horrible experience with Indochina Travel who took them to the ruins despite knowing that the area is flooded. Now I think I'm even more lucky.
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helsbels21 helsbels…
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Worth seeing but..... Sep 18, 2008
We paid over the odds for our tour- on the upside it was early so no one else was around, but the breakfast provided was bread, the english speaking guide, didn't speak english and the entry ticket wasn't included in the price. However the place was well worth seeing, very peaceful and gives a real insight into the history (and the bombs dropped near by in recent years). I was really disappointed with the pillaging and stealing and lack of care of what was once such a beautiful place- people need to understand what they have and look after it! You could do it a lot cheaper by hiring a motorbike and heading out there yourself (its quite straightforward to find).
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liekevo says:
I posted your review in the Shall we enjoy World Heritage! group :)
Posted on: Dec 08, 2008
leannestravels leannest…
1 reviews
Apr 06, 2007
My Son World Heritage site is a place not to be missed if you are travelling anywhere near Hoi An. It's about an hour and a half drive from Hoi An passing through some beautiful rural scenery on the way. We set off early in the morning (before 7am) to get there before the swarms of tourist buses and it was well worth the effort as we were able to experience the serenity of this spectacular place. You can book private tours from travel companies and hotels in Hoi An or hop on one of the bigger tour buses. Personally I'd recommend paying just a bit extra for the private tour so that you can get there early and avoid the crowds. Private cars/mini buses are also able to drop you off closer to the site where as the larger tour buses can only park in a designated area about 2km from the actual site so you have to walk from there.
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liekevo says:
I posted your review in the Shall we enjoy World Heritage! group :)
Posted on: Dec 08, 2008

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