Cham Po Nagar Towers - The Soul Of The Cham

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Situated about 2km from the city center, Po Nagar Cham Towers perch on a lush hill with fabulous views over Cai River estuary and colorful fishing boats . Commonly known as Thap Ba, the Po Nagar Cham Towers are a complex of temples erected approximately before 781 A.D., which is said to be a must for every visitors in Nha Trang.

Situated about 2km from the city center, Po Nagar Cham Towers perche on a lush hill with fabulous views over Cai River estuary and colorful fishing boats. Commonly known as Thap Ba, the Po Nagar Cham Towers are a complex of temples erected approximately before 781 A.D., which is said to be a must for every visitors in Nha Trang.

Po Nagar Cham Towers


History

Historically, Cham was an ancient civilization that influences reach all over Southeast Asia, especially in Vietnam and Cambodia. They are renowned for their skills in sculpture and architecture and left behind a unmistakable legacy of artifacts and temple settlements not only in Vietnam, but also Cambodia and Thailand. Thus, visitors will find a great deal of similarity between Angkor Wat and the Po Nagar Towers in Nha Trang.

A fine illustration of Cham architecture

Po Nagar Cham Towers


Unlike the case of My Son Holly Land, Po Nagar Towers are well-kept with most of the original designs are still intact. Each towers was built to dedicate to a unique deity. The largest, which is 23m high, is dedicated to Ponagar, who is said to have taught new agricultural and weaving techniques to people of the area. In gratitude gratitude they built the tower to honor her. The central tower is in honor of Cri Cambhu who blesses devotees with fertility, which is where childless couples often visit and pray. The North West tower is in honor of Sanhaka, a wood cutter and foster father to Ponagar. The tower in the south was dedicated to Ganeca, the daughter of Ponagar.

Travel Tips Visiting Cham Po Nagar Towers

The annual festival at Po Nagar Cham Towers is held from 21st to 23rd Mar of Lunar Calendar (approximately the end of Apr and beginning of May), when a lot of Cham people’s traditional activities are operated and people from all parts of the country will gather here.

The complex’s location allows overlooking views to fishing boats on Nha Trang’s Cai River for photograph opportunities.

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