Today We Were Tourists

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.
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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.
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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.
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Besides the structures, there were other sites of beauty, ponds and gardens, other monuments for worship by the faithful.
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There was the loom,
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and trees with interesting trunks.
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Time now to go, I captured Kat and Gep and the view down to the exit.
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Our timing was good, as when we left the crowds began to enter.
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Next time, the irreverent parts of our visit to the towers.

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12 Responses to Today We Were Tourists

  1. quarksire says:

    what a kewl read an a splendid place 😎
    splendid new yearz wishes to U … 🙂 Q

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  2. Heather says:

    Like you I am astonished at what humans could accomplish before heavy machinery. And then I wonder at the lives invested and lost in the construction of such monuments. Regardless, it’s impressive that the structure survives in such beautiful detail.
    Looking forward to your irreverence 🙂

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  3. The temple and gardens look very peaceful. I especially like the photo of the shoes left outside. When one is travelling in faraway places, one must do touristy things. At least you missed the crowds.

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  4. Wonderful photos of a place I would one day like to visit, so I am paying very careful attention and taking notes. I’m especially curious now about the irreverent aspects of the next post!

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  5. orples says:

    What a nice place to be a tourist. I am glad you acted like one, and took lots of photos. 🙂

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  6. Robin says:

    This is a beautiful place. The architecture of the temple is amazing and even though it is ancient, it is still standing and in use. There are very few structures that get built these days that will be attracting people hundreds of years from now. There is a church in D.C. that doesn’t have one piece of steel in the structure, but I’m fairly certain they used machinery for the heavy lifting. It will stand the test of time, as this temple has.

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  7. suzicate says:

    Simply beautiful!

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  8. jay53 says:

    What an incredible place! I would have enjoyed that too .. and they grow Peace Lilies!

    It is amazing, when you think of it. Our cathedral was begun in the 12th century on the site of a much older building and you look at it and wonder; how did they DO that? There is even forced perspective on the west front.

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  9. Robin says:

    Wow! What a beautiful place! And so rich with history, too.

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  10. Carol — I have no idea why, but I especially enjoyed the “shoes off and left outside” photo. Somehow that particularly resonated with me 🙂

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  11. Angelia Sims says:

    Stunning! What craftsmanship and patience it took to build these. And the water features looked amazing. I bet it was very relaxing there. It pays to be tourists that beat the tourist buses! HA.

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  12. Lisa says:

    Oh my goodness, this place looks fascinating! Great photos!! The intricacy of the loom is amazing.

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