A 30 minute scooter ride west of Hoi An in Viet Nam.

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Mỹ Sơn (Vietnamese pronunciation: [mǐˀ səːn]) is a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and the 14th century AD by the kings of Champa (Chiêm Thành in Vietnamese).12 The temples are dedicated to the worship of the god Shiva, known under various local names, the most important of which is “Bhadresvara.”

Mỹ Sơn is located near the village of Duy Phú, in the administrative district of Duy Xuyên in Quảng Nam Province in Central Vietnam, 69 km southwest of Da Nang, and approximately 10 km from the historic town of Trà Kiệu. The temples are in a valley roughly two kilometres wide that is surrounded by two mountain ranges.

From the 4th to the 14th century AD, the valley at Mỹ Sơn was a site of religious ceremony for kings of the ruling dynasties of Champa, as well as a burial place for Cham royalty and national heroes. It was closely associated with the nearby Cham cities of Indrapura (Đồng Dương) and Simhapura (Trà Kiệu). At one time, the site encompassed over 70 temples as well as numerous stele bearing historically important inscriptions in Sanskrit and Cham.3

Mỹ Sơn is perhaps the longest inhabited archaeological site in Indochina, but a large majority of its architecture was destroyed by US carpet bombing during a single week of the Vietnam War.4

The Mỹ Sơn temple complex is regarded one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam. It is often compared with other historical temple complexes in Southeast Asia, such as Borobudur of Java in Indonesia, Angkor Wat of Cambodia, Bagan of Myanmar and Ayutthaya of Thailand. As of 1999, Mỹ Sơn has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. At its 23rd meeting, UNESCO accorded Mỹ Sơn this recognition pursuant to its criterion C (II), as an example of evolution and change in culture, and pursuant to its criterion C (III), as evidence of an Asian civilisation which is now extinct. (Description courtesy of Wikipedia)


  • Mark Batten-O'Donohoe
    Mark Batten-O'...over 1 year ago

    absolutely gorgeous tone in this one, works well with that hint of symmetry ;)

  • Hi Marky. Glad you like it…took me awhile to getting around and doing it.

    – Jordan Miscamble

  • dozzam
    dozzamover 1 year ago

    Nice one Jordan! Looks awesome.

  • Cheers dozzam, much appreciated

    – Jordan Miscamble

  • JodieT
    JodieTover 1 year ago

    Great processing on this gorgeous temple.

  • Thankyou Jodie.

    – Jordan Miscamble

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago

    Wonderful image…and excellent History told. This is a beautiful series, Jordan!

  • I’m glad you like it Gena and thanks for the fave!

    – Jordan Miscamble

  • BasantSoni
    BasantSoniover 1 year ago

    Remarkable composition in B & W.. Nice title too

  • Cheers basant. It is actually pronounced ‘Mee sun’.

    – Jordan Miscamble

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeabout 1 year ago

    Awesome concept do beautiful artwork, I like so much:) —Sunny

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