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The Po Nagar Cham towers are about two kilometers North of Nha Trang, on a hill overlooking the Song Cai river and port (have a look at yesterday’s upload and you’ll see the towers on the hill). They were built between the VIIth and XXIIth centuries on a site that had been used for Hindu worship since IIth century.

The largest and most impressive of the towers is about 23-metre high, built in 817AD and is dedicated to Bhagavati/ Po Yang Inu Nagar (Goddess Mother of the Kingdom).

This wonderful gentleman was standing in front of the door of the main tower and let the tourists snap happily before walking away carrying his stick on his shoulder (f9 1/100th sec zoom at 70mm slight crop). He was a great sight and brought to me the link between today’s Vietnam and its ancient history.

I tried to find the signification of the stick but got no answer. If you know anything about the Balamom (Hindu) Cham people please pass it on as I really would like to know. Thanks.

Many thanks for the votes and comments on Nha Trang’s port. V1 is my favourite version but I also like V3 because of the boat in the foreground.

Have a nice evening,

Tags: Architecture Vietnam Landscape and travel South china sea Nha trang Portraits and people Khan hoa province Po nagar cham towers The holy man

Voters: dwarf, SRSmith, Bob_V and 37 more

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dwarf 11 52 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2008 8:57PM
lovely images with great detail

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SRSmith 11 1 United States
17 Jul 2008 8:59PM
All are stunning shots - so vivid and bright and detailed. I enjoyed your write-up too, Jean. A superb presentation.
Bob_V 11 1 2 United States
17 Jul 2008 9:03PM
Wow, these are amazing, I just love the tower shots, such great detail in these, what a marvelous write up.
bombebit 11 22 Denmark
17 Jul 2008 9:05PM
a fantastic montage and write up... they are all stunning, choosing a favorite would be impossible...
rontear Plus
16 8 8 England
17 Jul 2008 9:05PM
Images of an ancient culture Jean, excellent. Ron
lonely_oryx 11 61 55 England
17 Jul 2008 9:11PM
Great shots but I really like #1
GalleryGirl 11 4 2 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2008 9:16PM
Interesting write-up and captures. Super work.
Marilyn x
Scaramanga Plus
11 57 6 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2008 9:49PM
Fantastic series. V1 is wonderful.
User_Removed 11 172 1 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2008 9:54PM
Excellent images, really like V1

taggart Plus
14 47 13 United States
18 Jul 2008 1:00AM
I love the portrait of the man-- love his " costume" --- Your images and text are so informative-- Thank you!
photophantom 11 108 3 Philippines
18 Jul 2008 3:00AM
Beautiful places and portraiture. Excellent work JNC
azurak 11 Croatia
18 Jul 2008 9:31AM
No.1 really stands out.
18 Jul 2008 5:07PM
V1 is spectacular! Brilliant expression, lovely colours.
pascalg 12 37 France
18 Jul 2008 5:15PM
c'est absolument magnifique !
norton 15 6 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2008 5:29PM
Great set of images JNC,well captured.............

Valerie1 11 68 Northern Ireland
18 Jul 2008 9:44PM
A lovely set of images.
piccy 13 8 Wales
29 Jul 2008 7:56PM
You have seen such a lot on your tour. All amazing sights.
Glostopcat 13 255 2 England
2 Aug 2008 8:12PM
A fascinating set of images all superbly taken and presented
FoxChick 11 1 United States
3 Aug 2008 11:00PM
Very sharp

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