My Son Sanctuary (1999)
Viet Nam

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Between the 4th and 13th centuries a unique culture which owed its spiritual origins to Indian Hinduism developed on the coast of contemporary Viet Nam. This is graphically illustrated by the remains of a series of impressive tower-temples located in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence. 

Viet Nam 2003. My Son Sanctuary. Stamp #1 of three. Viet Nam 2003. My Son Sanctuary. Stamp #2 of three. Viet Nam 2003. My Son Sanctuary. Stamp #3 of three.

Viet Nam 2003. Souvenir sheet. My Son Sanctuary.

In its justification for inscription the UNESCO states that the My Son Sanctuary is an exceptional example of cultural interchange, with the introduction of the Hindu architecture of the Indian sub-continent into South-East Asia. 

The Champa Kingdom was an important phenomenon in the political and cultural history of South-East Asia, vividly illustrated by the ruins of My Son. 

  • Viet Nam 2003. Souvenir sheet. My Son Sanctuary. 

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Other World Cultural Heritage Properties in Viet Nam (on this web site). For more information about the individual properties, please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Viet Nam-section. 

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