Po Klong Garai Cham Towers Description:
The Po Klong Garai Towers are an intact example of the temple structures of the Hindu influenced Champa Kingdom.
The ancient Champa Kingdom that ruled much of Central and Southern Vietnam between the 4th and 13th centuries was heavily influenced by the culture and religions of the Indian subcontinent. The kingdom erected a number of Hindu temple complexes across the southern regions of what is today Vietnam. These religious structures are a combination of Hindu religious iconography and building techniques and Southeast Asian aesthetics.
The Po Klong Garai Towers were erected in the late 13th century in honor of the Champa King Po Klong Garai. According to legend, the temple structures were built as part of a contest to decide if the Khmer Empire of Cambodia or the Champa Kingdom would retain control of the area. The Cham towers outgrew the Khmer’s structures, and King Po regained control of the region from the neighboring Cambodian empire.
Po Kong Garai is an excellent, intact example of the art and architecture of the now extinct Champa Kingdom. Many of the Cham’s ancient structures were severely damaged during the tumultuous wars fought in Vietnam during the 20th century, but Po Kong Garai emerged from the conflict largely untouched. The main entrance of the largest tower is guarded by a dancing image of the Hindu deity Lord Shiva, and each of the four structures has intricately carved bas-relief depictions of the many gods that were worshiped by the Cham people.
Best Time to Visit Po Klong Garai Cham Towers:
The best travel and sightseeing weather in Central Vietnam falls between October and March during the temperate season. Between May and September and temperatures rise steadily along with higher chances of rainfall.
How to get to Po Klong Garai Cham Towers:
The Po Klong Garai Cham Towers are located off Vietnam’s scenic coastal highway. Travelers on our luxury tours of Vietnam usually visit the structure and stretch their legs on the road between the cities Nha Trang and Dalat.
Po Klong Garai Cham Towers Highlights:
The Champa Kingdom ruled over most of South and Central Vietnam for centuries before being eclipsed by the Nguyen Dynasty. The Cham people’s unique Hindu culture left few structures in as excellent shape as the Po Klong Garai Cham towers, and guests on our Vietnam tours are well served by spending some time exploring the structures as they head south towards Dalat.
Appropriate Attire :
When visiting temple grounds it’s best to wear clothing that covers arms, shoulders, and knees in keeping with local religious modesty.