Danang is one of the cities that owns many tourist attractions in Vietnam. If you have the opportunity to go to Danang, it is suggested to spend time visiting Cham pa museum, an attractive destination in Danang and the largest museum in Vietnam to experience the passing of time through precious objects.
History of Cham pa museum
Cham pa museum was built by the French. This place collects, stores and displays the relics of Cham sculpture which were found in the Cham towers and ramparts in the South Central Coast and the Central Highlands provinces.
Located in the two most beautiful streets of Danang, 2/9 street and Trung Nu Vuong Street, Museum of Cham Sculpture was started to construct in July 1915 with the help of the French scientists at the Vien Dong Bac Co school (French School of the Far East). The museum was inaugurated in 1919 and underwent several renovations before existing in this way.
Description of Cham pa museum
The Museum of Cham Sculpture owns nearly 2,000 large and small objects including nearly 500 objects that are displayed inside the Museum, the others scatter at the campus. On campus, the Gothic architecture, which is deeply influenced by French architecture, harmonizes with the surrounding space where the smell emanates from plumeria.
In terms of the arrangement of objects in the museum, the objects are mainly displayed in different subdivisions that correspond with the geographical areas where they were discovered. The subdivisions are My Son, Tra Kieu, Dong Duong, Thap Man, the corridors of Quang Tri, Quang Ngai, Kon Tum, Quang Binh and Binh Dinh. This separation will make visitors easily recognize the typical specific characteristics of Cham architecture of each locality due to the influence of culture and lifestyle.
When walking through the corridors of Quang Nam, Quang Binh or My Son, you will see the artworks of God Shiva and Brahma, My Son sanctuary with sophisticated details. The image of sacred objects, Hindu deities or daily life was elaborately carved and has been preserved until now. Regardless of the passing of many centuries, the evidence for the existence a dynasty is still maintained.
Most of the sculptures at the Museum of Cham Sculpture are original works with three main materials including sandstone, terracotta and bronze. Of the three materials, the works of sandstone occupy the largest number. From the seventh to the fifteenth century, the works shew rich styles, shapes and carvings.
It seems that every work of art here has its own story closely connected with a fate of a dynasty. Experiencing periods of time, devastating war, many Vietnamese generations make a great effort to collect these objects and arrange them systematically.
Travelers from France, India, Korea, and various areas around the world come here to discover the cultural imprint in the past and save them by taking photographs. Museum of Cham sculpture is really a must-see destination in Danang, especially for those who desire to explore Vietnamese ancient arts and cultures. come to the museum to admire great works by ancient Cham artisans.