Attraction Tháp Bà, Vĩnh Thọ, tp. Nha Trang, Khánh Hoà, Vietnam Published on: 04-03-2016
|1 hours 30 mins|
|07:30 AM - 05:00 PM|
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- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Po Nagar Cham Towers is special ?
The Po Nagar Cham Towers is one of the many relics of the Champa Kingdom, which was the most significant power in South Vietnam from 200 - 1720 AD. Despite being a major trading civilization, it never weilded a great deal of power, and so never really competed with the Khmers in the south or Viets in the North.
The Cham civilization had spread from Ancient India, and it is interesting to see some similarities between the design of Cham monuments and some others within India.
In Nha Trang the Cham Ponagar temple complex (locally refered to as Thap Ba) is situated on a hill just outside the city, and is reached by crossing the Cai River from the main tourist stretch.
At the complex there are four towers remaining from an original eight, each of which shows differences in style, indicated they were built over an extended period between the seventh and 12th centuries AD. The largest, which stands at 23m high, was built in 817 AD and contains a lingham and a statue dedicated to Ponagar, or Lady Thien Y-ana, the beautiful wife of Prince Bac Hai.
It is said that Lady Thien Y-ana taught new agricultural and weaving techniques to people of the area, and in gratitude they built the tower to honour her.
Other towers in the complex are dedicated to gods - the central tower is in honour of Cri Cambhu, and is thought to bless devotees with fertility, so is visited by childless couples. In the North West lies a tower dedicated to Sandhaka, a wood cutter and foster father to Ponagar, and the tower in the south was dedicated to Ganeca, the daughter of Ponagar.
What to explore at Po Nagar Cham Towers?
The largest, which is 23m high, was built in 817 AD and contains a linga and a statue dedicated to Ponagar, who is said to have taught new agricultural and weaving techniques to people of the area. In gratitude they have built the complex to honour the Goddess. The central tower is in honour of Cri Cambhu who blesses devotees with fertility, ence childless couples often visit and pray there. The North West tower is in honour of Sanhaka, a wood cutter and foster father to Ponagar. The tower in the south was dedicated to Ganeca, the daughter of Ponagar.
If you are interesting in history, you can be amazed to find hundreds of ancient relics displayed inside the complex. If you love taking travel photographs, the promontory on which the towers stand has a fantastic view of Cai River and the village on the riverside. If you want to discovery the hidden charm of the Cham people’s culture, you can watch as many traditional dance shows as you want.
How to get to Po Nagar Cham Towers?
Take Quang Trung Street (which becomes 2 Thang 4 street) north across the Ha Ra and Xom Bong Bridges. Po Nagar can also be reached via the Tran Phu Bridge along the beachfront road.
- “Tranquil setting”
- “Good example of Cham relics”
- “Great place to step back in time”
- “Worth a visit if you are in Nha Trang”
Tháp Bà, Vĩnh Thọ, tp. Nha Trang, Khánh Hoà, Vietnam
Tips for you
This is a really well restored and maintained site. The difference between this and others if its type is that it has been fully restored and is a full working model. Typical of the Vietnamese approach to these things you still have full access,so you can walk inside buildings where the incense still burns and see the walls and ceilings blackened from centuries of offering praise to the deity. Po Nagar is a Cham temple tower(the Cham's were over run by the Da Viet only about 150 years ago). According to on site information it was built sometime before 781 and is still used as a place of worship by some locals. That date is known because there are plaques that detail the rebuilding of the temple in 781, but an exact original build date is not known. If you’ve been to Hue’s Thien Mu Pagoda or Da Nang’s My Son or Cambodia’s Angor Wat then you’ll probably be disappointed. This place is very small as far as physical space is concerned but you trade that off against the high quality restoration. These buildings have all been faithfully restored in the fashion of their time. There are three levels and the feature is the highest of these which has two rows of towers. Po Nagar is easy to get to, just outside of Nha Trang. It’s situated on a hill and has one of the best views of Nha Trang, back across the Cai river.