THE HA VAN HOTEL NHA TRANG RECOMMENDS
THE PO NAGAR CHAM TOWERS
A BEAUTIFUL HISTORICAL SIGHTING AND SPECTACULAR TEMPLE SITE
Thap Ba Po Nagar is a Champa temple site founded sometime around 781 A.D. and was located in the medieval principality of Kauthara, near modern Nha Trang. Perched on the banks of the Cai River, the Po Nagar towers are easily accessible by taxi, bicycle or motorbike (or even by walking). Newly renovated and restored almost to its former glory except for the Golden Dome that has been robbed by pirates (so the legend goes with locals...) the Cham Towers complex is a truly beautiful sighting and a good example of Pre-Angkorian architecture. Other Champa religious site are scattered throughout central Vietnam but are not restored completely or to the same extend; a good example is My Son near Hoi-An. If you like charming relics from an ancient era, this is for you! This is certainly the most spectacular site to take travel photos; the promontory has a fantastic view on the Cai River and the fishing village on the riverside! Daily shows of Cham people traditional dance. A must do in Nha Trang!
More on the Champa Kingdom on Wikipedia
Entrace fee: less than a dollar.
By taxi: 3-4 USD (about 5km from the touristic area)
By foot or bicycle; the easy way: On Tran Phu St (the beach road) go north (direction Sheraton), go across Tran Phu Bridge and turn left at the first intersection light, on Bo Ke Bac St. The towers will be visible at the end of the road.
Tip#1: Bring your camera!
Tip#2: They are selling some miniature of Champa art (quite cheap) and that would look cool in your living room.
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