Cham cultural vestiges on show at Quang Nam heritage festival

NDO - Artefacts of Cham culture and posters featuring Cham towers located throughout Vietnam’s central region are being displayed to the public as part of a heritage festival in Quang Nam province.


The exhibition kicked off on June 9 and will last until June 14 at the My Son Museum where visitors can learn about the history and artistic features of Cham towers, not only those located in the UNESCO-listed site of My Son but also in the provinces of Binh Dinh, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan.

The posters have been arranged to resemble the map of Vietnam’s central region, helping visitors to gain insight into where Cham towers are distributed across the region, which formerly belonged to the Kingdom of Champa.

Phan Ho, head of the My Son Management Board, said each Cham tower has its own value which can be seen in its style, legend as well as in related historical events and spiritual activities associated with it.

The exhibition also includes many rare archaeological objects which are being shown to the public for the first time, including a statue of the Hindu god Vishnu, an elephant altar and Shiva riding Nandi.

Also on the same day, the Ky Anh tunnels and the arts village of Tam Thanh opened to tourists on the occasion of the Quang Nam Heritage Festival 2017.

The Ky Anh tunnels, along with those in Vinh Moc and Cu Chi, were built during the fiercest days of the American resistance war, as a revolutionary stronghold.

Construction began in 1965 and the tunnels were completed after two years with a total length of 32 kilometres, width of 0.5-0.8 metres and height of 0.8-1 metres.

Furthermore, along the coastal road in Tam Thanh village, the organisers have installed more than one hundred basket boats which are painted with colourful images depicting local life as part of a community tourism project.