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Foreign tourists return to My Son Sanctuary after pandemic hiatus

More than 40 international tourists visited My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO-recognised world heritage site in Quang Nam province's Duy Xuyen district on November 22 after a long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During their trip, the holidaymakers enjoyed special art performances and festivals featuring the culture of Cham people, and participated in folk games. They were also treated to traditional dishes.

Phan Ho, director of the management board of the heritage site, said during the suspension, Vietnamese and Indian experts, and hundreds of skilled workers had restored Tower A in the sanctuary, which is now ready to welcome visitors.

Aleksei Fanberow, a tourist from Israel, said after a two-year pandemic hiatus, he has returned to Vietnam that is now safe with beautiful landscapes, and friendly and hospitable people.

Apart from foreign tourists, domestic vacationers have also registered for tours to My Son in the coming days.

Once the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom, the My Son Sanctuary is located within a hilly landscape in Duy Phu commune, Duy Xuyen district, about 70 km southwest of central Da Nang city and 40 km from Hoi An ancient town.

It is comprised of eight groups of 71 monuments built from the 7th to 13th centuries.

The sanctuary was recognised as a world cultural heritage site by UNESCO in 1999./.