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Lost in ruination

My Son Sanctuary has decayed over its centuries-old history, but fresh efforts are being made to show off the unique Indian influence in the region

The light breeze and perfect natural setting of the one-time Hindu sacred land of the Champa kingdom in central Vietnam wafted my curiosity about how this site began, when India started being interested in this country and how everything that used to be so much alive in the old days ended up abandoned in the ample jungle.

An Asian traveller wears a Vietnamese conical hat at My Son. Photos: Prangthong Jitcharoenkul

In contrast to the reality that anything affected by India is rarely seen in any part of Vietnam today, I realised while wandering through the Hindu ruins at My Son Sanctuary that the history of Indian influence in central Vietnam might go back much longer than thought.

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