When one is a tourist, one must visit a tourist attraction – and if one is going to visit a tourist attraction, it is best if it is an attraction of interest with some history. So on this day, we took a taxi across the river to the other part of Nha Trang to visit the Po Nagar Cham Towers – a temple complex that was built between the 8th and 12th centuries (different sites state 8th to 11th or 9th to 12th centuries) by the Cham people, who were Hindu in origin. The towers were built to honor the goddess Po Nagar, the mother of the country, who is said to have taught agricultural and weaving skills to the people.
The temple is on a hill on the shores of the Cai River and is still used for worship by some of the Buddhist monks and the people.
The structures are amazing, worn somewhat now by time and elements, but it is incredible that such beauty could be created by the hands of man alone, without the assistance of heavy machinery as we know it now.
Besides the structures, there were other sites of beauty, ponds and gardens, other monuments for worship by the faithful.
There was the loom,
and trees with interesting trunks.
Time now to go, I captured Kat and Gep and the view down to the exit.
Our timing was good, as when we left the crowds began to enter.
Next time, the irreverent parts of our visit to the towers.