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This Champa temple is near the town of Phan Thiet along the coast of the South China Sea was built in the IXth century.

“The kingdom of Champa (Chăm Pa in Vietnamese or Chiêm Thành in Hán Việt records) was an Indianized kingdom and controlled what is now southern and central Vietnam from approximately the 7th century through to 1832. Champa was preceded in the region by a kingdom called Lin-yi or Lâm Ấp (in existence since 192 A.D.), but the historical relationship between Lin-yi and Champa is not clear.

Champa reached its apogee in the 9th and 10th centuries A.D. Thereafter began a gradual decline under pressure from the Dai Viet of what is now northern Vietnam. In 1471, Viet troops sacked the northern Cham capital of Vijaya, and in 1697 the southern principality of Panduranga became a vassal of the Vietnamese emperor. In 1832, the Vietnamese emperor Minh Mang annexed the remaining Cham territories.” (Wikipedia)

Phan Thiet is famous for its production of the Nuoc Mam sauce and the wonderful beach of Mui Ne (miles of white sand………… palm trees!!!!!!!!!) , fishing and also some amazing sand dunes (so some new series of photos to be looking forward to!)

Hoping you will like the various views of the tower (f14 1/200th sec zoom at 24mm).

Thank you for all the comments on my previous up-loads and hopefully this one.

Enjoy your Sunday,


Tags: Architecture Vietnam Landscape and travel South china sea Phan thiet Po sah inu temple Former champa kingdom Bin thuan province

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lonely_oryx 12 61 55 England
22 Jun 2008 11:50AM
Another fascinating set. Thanks for sharing

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taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
22 Jun 2008 12:22PM
Fascinating, this place? Can you go inside?

also like the unusual seed pod and the view of the beach!
22 Jun 2008 12:24PM
You can go inside but there is nothing of interest. JNC
Sahyadri 12 61 2 India
22 Jun 2008 12:29PM
No.2 and 5 are super. Good set JeanN
dmhuynh72 12 44 3 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2008 1:33PM
well composed and good lighting
dianah 13 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2008 2:12PM
It is like reading a book looking at your photos Jean Noel..always so interesting with your descriptions to go with them. Another brilliant series.
pascalg Plus
12 37 France
22 Jun 2008 2:53PM
nice set ;
#4 nearly drove me crazy...
bayleaf 12 8 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2008 4:01PM
Wonderful shots

Scaramanga 12 60 6 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2008 4:23PM
Really wonderful series of images, as has already been mentioned really fascinating.
robway 15 318 Wales
22 Jun 2008 5:35PM
Very interesting structure beautifully documented as always.
abtuie 16 7
22 Jun 2008 9:44PM
Another wonderful set of pictures and well documented.

brownsilent 13 7 2 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2008 10:20PM
This part of our world is so very fascinating, thank you for sharing your exprerience with us!
22 Jun 2008 10:53PM
I would love to visit this part of the world, so rich in culture and history, amazing architecture, very well portrayed, Adrian
MandsH 13 England
23 Jun 2008 8:33AM
Lovely collection of shots, love no. 5
faraidoon 12 1 Afghanistan
23 Jun 2008 9:52AM
well JNC you got it, it is just a dream photo well done.
24 Jun 2008 2:26PM
Thanks for the comments and telling me which version you like best. Jean-Noël
piccy 14 8 Wales
25 Jun 2008 7:29AM
That monument looks well eroded, interesting set.
fwatts 12
5 Jul 2008 10:01PM
this is great like the tree in forground gives it more intrest

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