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“Cham ruins”

Po Klong Garai Cham Temple Towers
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Lake Elmo, Minnesota
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“Cham ruins”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2014

We stopped this morning at this lovely set of buildings that were built by the Chan people in honor of the man who was responsible for the irrigation system in the valley. Perched on top of a hill, it requires a climb. The structures have been stabilized and partly restored. Very little information is posted for visitors. Worth a stop.

Visited January 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Nice view!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2013

This is a beautiful place to visit! nice view and great history of Cham pepole. Must visit in Phan rang

Visited July 2013
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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“I really like it.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013

You should to go there if you visit to Phan Rang. It is a typical architecture of this place and it look like Ponagar Temple Towers in Nha Trang.

Visited May 2013
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Nagpur, India
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“The living temples of the ancient Champa Kings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2013

The ancient Hindu temples of the Po Klung Garai are spectacularly located on a small hillock on the outskirts of the town of Phan Rang - Thap Cham (Panduranga). As the Cham story goes they are supposedly dedicated to a shepherd who stopped the Khmers from defeating the Chams.

This temple is built in Thap Mam style of the Champa architecture. In the main temple entrance there is a Nandi guarding the Mukhalinga, which is situated inside the sanctum sanctorum.

Above the entrance of the main temple there is a idol of Shiva in his dancing (Nataraja) pose. The construction of the temple is of clay bricks but the Mukhlinga, Nandi and the Shiva on the entrance are of stone.

The significance of this temple is that this is one of the only Hindu temples of the ancient Champa people in Vietnam where Hindu ritualistic worship by Priests is still taking place.

Visited December 2012
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“the ancient Muslim-Hindu temple in the middle of Vietnam”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

The Champa are a constant reminder that the Vietnamese were not the original conquerors of South Vietnam, their crumbling temples like their culture slowly fading in the modern world. These 700 year old temples see little government funding & only officially recognised by the state in 1985 are currently under repair by locals. Upon closer inspection, you can see layers of withered brickwork & the engineering skill of the time. Notice the roof ornaments & design are very non-oriental & seem to have more in common with the neighbouring Khmer, Mon or even Srivijian empires of that age. All valuable jewels had long been looted but a small stone linga inside the tower remains as the focal point of worship to the Champa, who are strangely part Muslim, part Hindu, an unusual if not unique mix.

The temples are still used by Muslim Cham's who hold annual celebrations such as the Rain Festival in April & the Ka Te Festival in July. The site has a tourist information complex. Although it has little information in English there are photographs of Champa festivities. There's no Muslim dress code for women & showing your ankles seems fine, the Vietnamese Cham are fairly relaxed. A popular tourist trinket sold here are the extremely Hindu-erotic icons of the linga & yoni, the fertility icons of early Hindu worship of the male & female sexual organs which are today hand made by local Cham artisans.

The Po Klong Garai Cham Towers are located in the twin city of Phan Rang-Thap Cham approx. 100kms south of Nha Trang off national highway AH1. The airport into Nha Trang at Cam Ranh is also the site of a major Vietnamese naval base, lies approximately halfway between Nha Trang & Phan Rang-Thap Cham. Taxis can be hired for a day trip with this as one stop off for a fixed price. Cheap options are to jump in a mini van that run the Dalat-Nha Trang route, they directly pass the temple, these mini vans usually stop for a 10 min break at the temple, it is easy just to catch the next one back into town or wave one down off the side of the road. A scooter from most small hotels in Nha Trang can be organised for around $10 a day. The standard of hotels at the twin city of Phan Rang-Thap Cham is more in the budget/backpacker category so unless you can rough it perhaps make a day trip from the beach resort of Nha Trang as the twin city has little to keep tourists interested.

Visited June 2012
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