Temples of My Son
Mỹ Sơn is a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and the 14th century AD by the kings of Champa (Chiêm Thành in Vietnamese). The temples are dedicated to the worship of the god Shiva, known under various local names, the most important of which is "Bhadresvara".
Mỹ Sơn is located near the village of Duy Phú, in the administrative district of Duy Xuyên in Quảng Nam Province in Central Vietnam, 69 km southwest of Da Nang, and approximately 10 km from the historic town of Trà Kiệu. The temples are in a valley roughly two kilometres wide that is surrounded by two mountain ranges.
From the 4th to the 14th century AD, the valley at Mỹ Sơn was a site of religious ceremony for kings of the ruling dynasties of Champa, as well as a burial place for Cham royalty and national heroes. It was closely associated with the nearby Cham cities of Indrapura (Đồng Dương) and Simhapura (Trà Kiệu). At one time, the site encompassed over 70 temples as well as numerous stele bearing historically important inscriptions in Sanskrit and Cham.
The twenty closest neighbours in the database:
Hoi An (Vietnam) (27 km), Hue (Vietnam) (96 km), Temple of Banteay Srei (508 km), East Mebon Temple (520 km), Temple of Bakong (521 km), Temple of Neak Pean (521 km), Temple of Banteay Kdei (523 km), Temple of Ta Prohm (524 km), Temple of Preah Kahn (524 km), Angkor Thom (526 km), Angkor Wat (527 km), Halong Bay (579 km), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) (579 km), Mekong Delta (631 km), Hanoi (Vietnam) (632 km), Bangkok (Thailand) (852 km), Hangzhou (China) (2,028 km), Nanjing (China) (2,106 km), Shanghai (China) (2,188 km), Beijing (China) (2,801 km)