My Son Sanctuary is one of Vietnam’s only archaeological sites to be inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and was inhabited from the 4th- through the 15th centuries AD. Located in central Vietnam in one of the country’s least developed provinces, a large majority of My Son’s exquisite architecture was destroyed by aerial bombing during a single week of the Vietnam War.
My Son Sanctuary is perhaps the longest inhabited archaeological site in Indochina and was the royal burial and temple grounds for Vietnam’s first major civilization- the Champa Kingdom- which thrived between 400 and 1500 AD. Located in the central region of Vietnam in Quang Nam province about 50 km Southwest of the city of Da Nang, My Son Sanctuary is an assemblage of the largest and oldest ancient ruins in the country.
The Vietnamese government has recently created a “World Heritage Road.” This newly developed route encompasses three UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites including
My Son, the sixteenth century silk route trading harbor of Hoi An, and the ancient imperial city of Hue. The World Heritage Road will also become an extension of the East-West Corridor which connects Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar.