My Son

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My Son
A UNESCO World Heritage Site in a mountain valley about 40 miles west of Danang, My Son is a vestige of the Champa kingdom, a culture that was heavily shaped by the Indian religion Hinduism. Built between the 4th and 14th centuries, the temples here pay homage to the god Shiva, though the deity is often referred to here by different names. While some of the shrines are partially restored, and others somewhat overgrown with greenery or showing their age (many were destroyed by American bombing during the Vietnam War), the sheer scope of the ruins are proof of the reach of Hinduism and the lofty ambitions of the Champa kings.
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Duy Phú, Duy Xuyên District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam