Forgotten King of Champa
early Cham dynasty was one of the longest lasting empires
proud country called the Champa Kingdom existed from the middle to the
southern coast of what is present day Vietnam. Although it was in West
Asia the Kingdom was greatly influenced by Indian culture.
During those ancient times, before recorded history, a Kingdom called
Sa Huynh greatly influenced the Champa Kingdom's creation. This has been
found from the investigation of local ruins from the last period of that
first written mention of the Champa Kingdom is in 192 AD by the Chinese
in their historical texts. In the middle of the 4th century the Champa
Kingdom built a Hindu temple at My Son, in the foothills of a mountain
range 60 kilometers southeast of Danang. In 1889 this temple was excavated
and Sanskrit writing and ancient artifacts with an Indian influence
belonging to the Champa Kingdom were discovered.
these artifacts have been transplanted and are on display in My Son, Tra
Kieu, Dong Duong and the only existing Cham Museum in Danang.
its todays North Vietnam early history, the Champa Kingdom started
a Northward expansion and took over parts of . The Viet backed by
the Chinese soon recaptured these areas and that expelled the Cham
Peoples from Vietnam as well. There are three countries in this area
that were influenced by Chinese and Indian culture. Cambodia and Laos
symbolize countries that were influenced by Indian culture.
symbolizes a country, whose culture was influenced by Chinese culture,
but what few people known is that the Champa Kingdom existed from
the 2nd to the 17th century and that it had an Indian influence on
Vietnamese culture as well. The
Champa Kingdom had the seeds of Indian culture passed on to it from
the Sa Huynh culture, and it has now been a factor in the development
of present day Vietnam.
Champa people had deep faith and reverence for their leaders and gods.
a 500-kilometer long stretch of the World Heritage Road there were 250
temple towers built.
Even through natural disasters and wars their ruins have been preserved
and give witness to the great past of the area.The
historical sites of the Champa Kingdom match the splendor of other
famous Asian sites such as Cambodia's Angkor-Wat, Indonesia's Borobudur,
Burma's Bagan, and Thailand's Wat Sothon.
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