My Son Site Museum

The My Son Site Museum and UNESCO inaugurate “Our Common Heritage: Exploring World Heritage Sites of Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam” on 29 March 2013.

Developed within the framework of the UNESCO/Japanese Funds-in-Trust project “Revitalising World Heritage Site Museums for a Better Interpretation of Living Heritage Sites in Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam”, this exhibition explores the interconnections of the 6 World Heritage sites (Angkor Wat, Preah Vihear, Vat Phou, My Son Sanctuary, Ho Citadel and Thang Long Citadel) through the 9 site-related Museums that are participating in the project

Following the common themes developed by UNESCO and experts on “Nature and Myth” and “Trade and Exchange”, the My Son Site Museum is hosting its own theme “My Son: Land of Gods, Kings and Legends” that focuses on the history, construction and lasting effects of the My Son Sanctuary World Heritage Site. They do this by examining a range of subjects from the geographical context to the representations of the sacred, both figurative and symbolic, of the site. My Son was the religious capital of the Champa Kingdom and a complex consisting of more than 70 temples.

By providing a holistic interpretation of the Site, the My Son Site Museum which stands within the complex therefore is well-disposed to provide interpretive framework, the visitor is now able to understand the full importance and contextual background of this World Heritage Site.

Education Programme “Are these real animals” and “Can you dance like an Apsara?”

Under the project, the My Son Site Museum has also developed an Education programme aimed at local students and their teachers visiting the Museum and My Son Sanctuary to innovate engagement with the Site.

By also involving teachers, through manual and examples, the Museum is reviving the pedagogical methods and activities of the teachers so that they can continue to guide and organise activities for students in the future both at My Son Site and at other heritage sites.

The activities involve presenting the symbolic meanings of the sacred animals, traditional instruments and dances represented in the Site, in addition to their re-enactment; thereby promoting artistic, contextual and symbolic knowledge, in addition to imagination. 

Practical Information

The My Son Site Museum is located in the entrance of the My Son Sanctuary World Heritage Site, Duy Phu Commune, Da Nang, Vietnam 

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