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1. Cham Museum Da Nang Introduction
Champa Museum Da Nang (Museum of Cham Sculpture Danang) stands on the corner of Bach Dang Street and Trung Nu Vuong Street, quite close to the Han River.
The museum is among numerous incredible structures of the French in Da Nang when they colonized Vietnam. Up to now, it has collected, stored, and exhibited relics of the Champa kingdom’s sculpture found in Cham towers and ramparts in the South Central Coast and Central Highlands.
2. Cham Sculpture Museum History
In 1902, The foundation of the Museum of Cham Sculpture Da Nang was first proposed by the Department of Archaeology of EFFO. H. Parmentier, an outstanding archaeologist of the department; was a great contributor to the campaign for the construction of the museum. It was Parmentier who inspired the two French architects to design the first building of the museum (opening in 1919).
The museum has undergone two expansions so far. The first one was in the mid-1930s, with two brand-new galleries for displaying objects added in the 1920s and 1930s. In 2002, the museum was extended again with two-story buildings, which made room for display, storage, a library, a restoration workshop as well as offices for staff.
3. What to see in this beautiful museum?
Cham Sculpture Museum Da Nang features roughly 2,000 diverse multi-shaped artifacts; about a quarter of which are exhibited inside the museum, and the rest are scattered all around the campus and safely stored. Upon approaching the campus with a harmonious blend of Gothic architecture and space of plumeria flowers. You will go through terrific experiences.
The majority of artifacts have been on display according to geographical areas. That is to say, where they were excavated, including galleries of My Son, Tra Kieu, Dong Duong, as well as Thap Man. Moreover, you will walk through the corridors of Quang Tri, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Quang Binh, Kon Tum, as well as Binh Dinh. On entering each corridor of Quang Binh, My Son, or Quang Nam, you will see the creativity of skillful ancient artists including artifacts portraying Shiva, and Brahma, and elaborate My Son Temples.
Most of the existing sculptures in Cham Museum Da Nang are original artworks from sandstone, terracotta, and copper dating back from the seventh century to the fifteenth century. Undergoing changes in the time, and war-torn vestiges; generations have thoroughly collected and brought under one roof. It is a systematic collection that turns Champa’s works of art into complete vitality and marks Champa’s immortal spiritual values.
Despite being profoundly affected by the Indian civilization’s architecture and sculpture. The Champa had their own unique outlook on life and religion, so, this led to a subtle and distinct beauty in their sculpture. Particularly, Cham Sculpture Museum Da Nang houses three national treasures of Cham culture; including Tara Bodhisattva Statue, My Son E1 Temple, and Tra Kieu Temple as well.
4. Cham Museum Entrance fee
To visit the Cham Museum in Da Nang, you have to buy entrance tickets. It costs VND 10,000 ( USD half dollars) for kids, and students and VND 60,000 (USD 3) for adults.
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