Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture
The Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture is the largest collection of Cham sculptures in the world, with more than 300 pieces made from terracotta, sandstone, and bronze. The artworks depict a range of creatures and items associated with Hinduism and Buddhism, including gods and mythological creatures, altarpieces, and Shiva linga and yoni (stylized reproductive organs). The items come from various archaeological sites in central/southern Vietnam, including Dong Duong (Indrapura), Khuong My, My Son, and Tra Kieu. There’s also some information on the modern-day lives of Vietnam’s indigenous Cham people.
Many travelers to Da Nang visit this museum independently, but it’s also included on some guided tours of the city, along with other attractions like Marble Mountain and the Son Tra Peninsula.
Things to know before you go
- There isn’t very much informational signage, but audio guides are available to rent.
- Parts of the museum are open-air, so dress accordingly, especially if the weather is wet or very hot.
- There’s a small fee to enter the museum.
How to get there
The museum is on the west bank of the Han River, near the Cau Rong bridge. There are bus stops nearby, but the easiest way to get there is by taxi, or on a guided tour of the city. Write the Vietnamese name of the museum on a piece of paper (or ask the staff at your hotel to do so) in case your taxi driver doesn’t understand where you want to go.
When to get there
The museum is open every day, from early morning to evening. It’s an ideal place to retreat to for a break from the hot weather outside or to seek cover when it’s raining.
Another must-visit attraction in Da Nang are the Marble Mountains, to the south of the city. The marble and limestone hills are dotted with caves, tunnels, Buddhist sanctuaries, and walking trails. Many tours of Da Nang and the Hoi An area include a stop at both the Marble Mountains and the Museum of Cham Sculpture.
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