Cham Pa Museum
Champa, an ancient Indochina Kingdom, ruled over couple of centuries after the fall of Han dynasty of China. Central Vietnam became part of this huge and powerful Kingdom. It influences never get lost in the years passed and remnants of this dynasty endured and still practicing their culture. Cham people are the only Hindu group in Vietnam and one of only two surviving non-Indic indigenous Hindu people in the world.
( Cham Pa Museum in Danang)
Cham Pa Museum is strategically located at the heart of the ancient Cham Pa Kingdom, Da Nang. It was opened last 1919 but it took 20 years to collect artifacts and in the end, some were sent to France, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh for public viewing. Most of the common artifacts were left at the museum and the management then saw the need of expanding of the museum before being officially opening to the public in 1939.
The museum reflects the lives of Cham people, how their culture, tradition and religion are still evident despite of being a small group in a big country with different beliefs and culture.
Son Tra Peninsula
Son Tra Peninsula is around 13 km away from the city center of Da Nang can be reached by motorbike, jeep and private car. Son Tra Mountain or commonly known as Monkey Mountain is one of the famous recreational destination for both locals and foreigners. Hikers and adventurers usually challenge themselves to go through the jungle trail to see some rare species like Red Shanked Doucs. The trek maybe long but they will be rewarded with the panoramic view of Hai Van pass, Cham Island, Da Nang City and Son Tra Peninsula.
( Son Tra Peninsula – Hue to Da Nang )
While you are in this area, you can visit Linh Ung Pagoda, the largest Pagoda in Da Nang in terms of scale and artistic architecture. This is where the famous 67 meter Lady Buddha statue is located. The Lady Buddha or also known Goddess of Mercyis usually visible even when you are at Da Nang city center. The Lady Buddha is the tallest statue of deity in Southeast Asia. The statue has 17 floors and has different Buddha to worship. On the 17th floor, it has stairs that leads up to the head of the statue and will also give you panoramic of view of the peninsula and Da Nang city.
( Tien Sa beach)
It would be a shame if you won’t be able to see and try the refreshing water of some of the nice beaches in the peninsula. Swim at Tien Sa Beach (Angel’s Landing) which is believed to be the most calming and relaxing beach in the Da Nang.
You can also visit other beaches like Bai Bac, Bai Nam and Bai But around the peninsula.
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