Po Nagar Cham Towers Description:
The Champa Kingdom ruled Central and Southern Vietnam between 4th and 17th centuries. Heavily influenced by the Hindu religion of India, its rulers and citizens erected numerous temple structures that mirrored the architectural styles of the Indian subcontinent.
The Po Nagar Cham Towers, just outside of Nha Trang on the South-central Vietnamese Coast, are an excellent example of the lost Hindu culture of the Champa Kingdom. The four stone temple structures are the remains of a larger complex of 7 towers that were built over the ruins of earlier wooden structures that had been sacked by invaders sometime in the early 8th century. Stone inscriptions on the ground indicate the Champa King Satyavarman had the temple structures rebuilt after taking the area back from foreign control around 781.
Though the Champa Kingdom was eclipsed by the power of the Vietnamese Nguyen Dynasty in the in the 14th century, the Po Nagar Cham Towers did not fall out of use. As Buddhism made its way into Southeast Asia from India, Po Nagar became a religious center for both Hindus and Buddhists.
Today the four remaining Pog Nagar Cham Towers are still sacred ground for both the decedents of the Cham people and the local Buddhist population.
Best Time to Visit Po Nagar Cham Towers:
Nha Trang’s best weather falls between October and March. During this time the beaches along Nha Trang Bay are stunning, and the blue-green sea is calm. The weather gets gradually hotter from May until September, and the high temperatures during these months come with an increased chance of cooling rain showers in the morning and afternoon.
How to get to Po Nagar Cham Towers:
The Po Nagar Cham Towers lie just outside of Nha Trang city. The temple complex can be reached by our guests on luxury tours of Vietnam via our private vehicle service in less than half an hour.
Po Nagar Cham Towers Highlights:
The Po Nagar Cham Towers are an excellent excursion for travelers looking to add cultural spice to their luxurious beach stay in Nha Trang.
Despite its age, Po Nagar is a thriving center of religious activity in Nha Trang. While visiting, it’s best to dress modestly in clothing that covers your shoulders, arms, and knees. Some areas of the temple structure may also require the removal of shoes before entry.