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My Son's secrets

By Nguyen Thi Thuy Anh and Zhang Jianhua ( China Daily ) Updated: 2013-10-07 07:27:17

 My Son's secrets

My Son Sanctuary in central Vietnam features remains of tower-temples and carved stone works. Built between the 4th and 13th centuries, the region was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom. Photos by Zhang Jianhua / Xinhua

The religious center of the capital of the ancient Champa Kingdom in Vietnam holds many mysteries for modern visitors. Nguyen Thi Thuy Anh and Zhang Jianhua report.

Local and foreign visitors to the My Son Sanctuary, located some 650 km south of Hanoi, still marvel at the remarkable architectural ensemble that developed over a thousand years from the fourth to the 13th century.

The sanctuary, which has been declared a World Heritage site by the United Nations, presents a vivid picture of spiritual and political life in an important phase of Vietnam's history.

Its signature features include a series of impressive temple towers located in a valley surrounded by mountains. The area was the religious center for the capital of the Champa Kingdom.  

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