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Ancient sanctuary to open at night




World heritage site My Son will open at night for the first time beginning next week to display its ancient Hindu relics, thanks to the installation of new floodlights.


The Tourism Department of central Quang Nam province, where My Son is situated, said from March 13 the VND2.8 billion (over US$176,000) lighting system could help tourists explore the site by night.

The “My Son - fanciful night” festival will also be held the same night as part the “National Tourism Year 2006 - Quang Nam, a destination of two world heritage sites”.

My Son used to be a center of spirituality and worship during the Champa kingdom between the 4th and 13th centuries. The site, exemplifying the height of Cham architectural achievement, is a large complex of religious monuments originally comprised of more than 70 structures, 25 of which remain.

UNESCO recognized it as a world heritage site in 1999.

Reported by Hua Xuyen Huynh – Translated by Hoang Bao



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