My Son Sanctuary

Remnants of the My Son Sanctuary (pronounced “me-sun”) stand in the jungle of Quang Nam province in Vietnam, a region once known as the Amaravati Champa Kingdom. This site was once the spiritual center of worship for the Champa people from the 2nd-15th century.

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The My Son Sanctuary was a hindu temple, mostly devoted to the worship of the God-King Srisanabhadresvara and the god of destruction, Shiva. The temple grounds fell out of use the 15th century and sat forgotten in the jungle until the French uncovered it in the late 1800s and began the temple’s excavation and restoration.


Myself and Bal envision the high times of the Champa reign.


Kamila and Bal walk through the temple ruins. Is anyone else reminded of the movie Labyrinth?

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The complex consists of over 70 monuments and temples, covering 142 hectares (350 acres) in central Vietnam, not far from the city of Hoi An. Most structures have deteriorated due to old age and bombing during the Vietnam war but today, 20 structures still stand and are open to visitors daily.


…I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City to take back the child that you have stolen. For my will is as strong as yours, and my kingdom is as great…

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My Son temple ruins were declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1999.

Fallen pillars get slowly engulfed by grass.

Fallen pillars get slowly engulfed by grass.


Welcome to my humble home!

Welcome to my humble home!

A storage building, entrance door can be seen on the right.

A storage building, entrance door can be seen on the right.

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We booked our tour through our hotel (the Moon Homestay) and $8 (CAD) covered our ride to and from the site as well as the entrance fee to the grounds. Although these ruins show only a fracture of what it once was, the power of this majestic site can still be felt. Standing on these grounds was a once in a lifetime experience I’ll never forget and despite the heat and insane amount of tour groups, I recommend a visit if you find yourself in Hoi An with a few hours to spare.

Our tour guide in particular wasn’t very good, but then again we were spoiled by Kevin on the Halong Bay cruise. Other guides (who we eavesdropped on) did a much better job of informing the visitors of this magnificent landmark, so if you get a shoddy guide, just stalk another group!

6 thoughts on “My Son Sanctuary

  1. Thanks for another great article. Going to My Son was awe inspiring and your pictures are awesome!

    TOBY!!!!!! *runs around room*

  3. This place looks beautiful and I can’t believe it’s in such good condition. I can only imagine the energy in that place.

  4. Jealous! In a good way :) Great article, beautiful pictures – thank you for sharing.

  5. Your posts make me realise I should get outside Korea more……

  6. Hi Karluchi:
    It is astounding to see photos of you in a temple of worship whose roots go back 18 centuries.
    We are so smug here in the West with our 400 year old forts. It takes a report like your to realize to appreciate history of that magnitude.
    Again and as always, well done!
    I presume you didn’t find no wooden nickels!!
    love youse a ton and a pinch,
    nana and gramp xxoo

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