MUSEUM OF CHAM SCULPTURE
The Museum’s first building was opened in 1919, but many Cham sculptures collected in Da Nang and elsewhere were brought to the site over the preceding 20 years.
Address: 02 2/9 street, Hai Chau District, Da Nang City
Price: ~2 USD
Open time: 08:00 – 11:30; 14:00 – 16:30
Visit duration: 01h00
Best time Good for travel: First time visit
Price range: ~2 USD
About: The Museum’s first building was opened in 1919, but many Cham sculptures collected in Da Nang and elsewhere were brought to the site over the preceding 20 years.
The collection was begun by French archaelogists and experts from L’École Francaise d’Extrême Orient (EFEO). Some artefacts were sent to Paris and others to the Ha Noi and Sai Gon (now Ho Chi Minh City) museums, but many typical objects were left in Tourane (now Da Nang).
The establishment of a Cham sculpture museum in Da Nang was first proposed in 1902 by the Department of Archaelogy of EFEO. Henri Parmentier, a prominent archaelogist of the department, made great contributions to the compaign for its construction. The first building was designed by two French architects. M. Deleval and M. Auclair. The Museum has been extended twice, but the character of the original architecture has been well preserved.
The first extension was in the 1930s, with two new galleries providing display space for the objects added in the 1920s and 1930s. Henri Parmentier directed the display based on the areas where the sculptures were found. The 1111 square metre of floor space was arranged into the My Son , Tra Kieu, Dong Duong and Thap Mam galleries and the Quang Tri, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Kon Tum corridors.
In 2002, the Museum was again extended with the two-storey building provide an extra 1111 square metre. The new building provides space for display, storage, a library, restoration workshop and offices for staff.
Before 2007, the Museum was managed by the Da Nang Museums, and administrative organ in charge of the cities’ museums and heritage. On 02 July 2007, the City authorities affiliated the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture with the City Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism.
What to explore:
The sculptured artefacts in the collection of the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture are mainly of sandstone and terra cotta with a few bronze pieces. There is also a collection of clothing, photographs, films and digital discs.
The sandstone sections are the most important and include pedestals, statues of gods, holy animals and symbols and architectural decorations from Cham temples and worshiping sites.
The gods are identified with reference to the Indian mythology based on the holy animal the god often rode or the objects carried.
The pieces are indetified according to where they were found or excavated, or the form or function of the object, including the round, relief, pedestal and architectural details. Thus criteria are explicit and uncontrovesial.
Some researchers have used similarities, e.g. decorative design, the shape of hair curls, costumes, etc., to classify the Cham sculpture into several styles. Then, by referring to dates, which in some cases are clear enough, or to the styles in neighbouring countries, they have decided on the evolution of the styles. Each is named for the locality where a typical object of the style was found. For example, “the My Son E1 style” is applied to all objects bearing main features similar to those found in temple E1 at My Son in Quang Nam. The Dong Duong style refers to all objects similar to the sculptures from the Dong Duong relic in Quang Nam. The method of classification depends primarily on the conceptions and intepretation of different scholars.
How to get there:
From Da Nang airport (about 4 km to the museum)
From the Da Nang railway station (about 6 km to the museum)
From Hoi An (about 30 km to the museum)
A wonderful complement to My Son and Po Nagar
Peaceful and context to Vietnam’s rich culture
A great place for 10th century cham art
Great Collection in Beautiful Colonial Archtitecture
Treasure of My Son under the roof
– There is an onsite shop selling imitation pieces and there are also English-language guidebooks for sale
– Photography and videography are permitted with handheld cameras. Special photography/filming sessions require special permission. No images of the Museum or its collections may be reproduced, distributed in any media, including websites, without permission from the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture.
BAN CO PEAK_SON TRA
Ban Co Peak is an interesting tourist destination, where visitors refreshing not to be missed when traveling Son Tra Peninsula, Da Nang. Son Tra peninsula is a popular place from time immemorial, is a prime location so long ago it has been mentioned many history books.
According to legend, his two fairy chess sitting on Son Tra mountain for several days but still inconclusive. Then one day, the fairies flying down to the beach to bathe, while neglecting to look fairies frolic, an opponent he was first defeated. Annoyed, he stomped feet first onto the rock, kicked the board into the sea, and then ascended to Heaven. According to legend, people have put a statue of Indra sat alone inside chessboard-shaped rocks and whether you have the name from there. People here are also related that often descend first to bathe, play up the mountain also known as Tien Sa. And Son Tra is not only famous for its legend of the fairies descended position but also extremely popular legend about the game of his first two.
To reach the area of Son Tra Ban Co peak, you have to climb a steep staircase segments, steep. The road leading up the mountain winding, including a cruise where you can experience the beautiful scenery and dreaming of Son Tra Peninsula. The road followed the arc sometimes poetic coastline with pristine beaches and the passage through the luxuriant green canopy. The sun of the sea breeze mixed in slightly moist forest trees makes the journey up you have a lot of emotion.
Chess with Tien Ong
Experiencing supply line from the foot to the top of Ban Co peninsula, all tired carried away by the immense space as place of Elysium. Standing on a high point of 700 meters, which can see the whole Da Nang. In the distance is a busy bustling city with distinctive buildings of the city and nine bridges spanning the Han River famous.
The road to the top of Ban Co
Standing in this place everyone wants to scream out loud, rang true distance, and then melt into the vast space, endless, dispel worries and sadness, everyday. Come to this place, just you and nature stay, everything seems positive noise will vanish in a moment.
Son Tra Ban Co Peak is probably the most beautiful early morning, when the city was still dormant not awake, nature has also stirred peninsula, the sun glimmering on the other side of the mountain.
Or an afternoon rush, sun took off, around the peninsula, cool wind in tears to the top of Son Tra Ban Co at dusk, trying to diffuse the sun's pink waters, magical scenery. On sunny days, you can look across the city. If the weather is foggy, around you will be clouds and between first place Penglai scene. Maybe so, but the first he chose this place for a walk, as the old chess still each transmission.
A little to be themselves
Come to Ban Co Peak, to the Son Tra, to Danang if in your heart there is a little curious, a little want to experience, explore a little bit, a little sense of conquest and A little to be themselves.