Danang is a central city of Vietnam and a popular destination on the tourism map in Southeast Asia at the same time. Located in the central region of the country, once served as the territory of the Kingdom of Champa, Danang “possesses” a rich history, culture, and tradition. To define what this “worthy – living” city looked like in the past, let’s discover museums with Viet Fun Travel!
Museum of Cham Sculpture
Having not much been popular with Western region, the Kingdom of Champa ruled parts of mainland southest Asia from the 2nd to 18th centuries AD. Its believed that the people of Champa were the descendants of seafaring settlers who immigrated into Southeast Asia from Borneo. The Champa Kingdom reached its peak between the 7th and 10th centuries, controlling trade between China, India and the Indonesian islands. With their economic prosperity came a golden age of the arts, the few remaining reddish – brick dotting the Vietnamese coastline.
The largest collection of Cham brick and sandstone sculptures (approximately 400 works) can be found in the beautiful Museum of Cham Sculpture in Danang, dubbed one of the most “worthy – living” city in Vietnam. Conveniently situated right on the city – side of Dragon Bridge over Han River. The museum was constructed by scholars at a French research center of Orientalism ( French: École française d’Extrême-Orient, abbr EFEO) in July 1915. In 1919, the museum was inaugurated, which served as the custodian and curator of artifacts of the Kingdom of Champa that have been found in the coastal provinces of the South Central Coastal provinces and Central Highland provinces.
Spreading over an area of 6,675 square meters, of which the exhibition area is 2,000 square meters, the museum is currently displaying over 2,000 artifacts, 500 of which are exhibited in the Exhibition area and the rest are scattered around the campus or stored. It’s worth mentioning that the museum’s relics are classified according to corresponding areas of excavation such as My Son, Tra Kieu, Dong Duong, Thap Mam, Quang Tri, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Quang Binh, Kon Tum, and Binh Dinh. Therefore, travelers booking a four-day tour to Danang of Viet Fun Travel will probably access to this amazing museum and explore the characteristics of the Cham architecture in each geographical area.
Considered as the curator and custodian of the golden past of the Kingdom of Champa, the Museum of Cham Sculpture has attracted a large number of tourists. Significantly, the main guests of the museum are foreigners who are interested in the long – lasting culture and tradition of Vietnam. Moreover, the local tourists are mainly students who get there as a way of attending at the lesson of the school and teachers. Therefore, we hope that travelers will book our tours to explore the museum and understand the history of the country. Thanks to sculptures exhibited in the museum, tourists might be much proud of the rich history and culture of the country.
The Museum is located at 02 2/9 Street, Da Nang city. From here, visitors only travel 4kilometers further to reach Danang Asia Park.
Museum Of Da Nang
Built in 1989 for the purpose of raising social awareness of culture and politics, Danang Museum is known as one of the most famous tourist attraction in Da Nang.
Spreading across an area of 3.000 square meters, located inside Dien Hai Rampart, the national historical monument marking the first fight of Da Nang soldiers and people against the French – Spanish Coalition Forces (1858 – 1860), the museum is undoubtedly an ideal destination for those who want to explore the history of the city and the courage of local residents during two civil wars.
The museum has preserved and conserved more than 2,500 documents, images, and precious objects associated with the history and culture of the locals such as cannon, bronze drum, artifacts of Sa Huynh Culture, a collection of Chu Dau pottery from the 15th to 16th centuries, the model of the traditional houses of the fishing village near Han River, images of the Cau Ngu festival at Duc Ngu Ong Temple in Man Thai ward, Son Tra district, etc. Additionally, the museum displays pictures of the two Indochina wars in Vietnam.
Address: No. 24 Tran Phu, Thach Thang Ward, Hai Chau District, Da Nang City.
Dinh Dong Museum in Da Nang
Situated on the way to Son Tra Island, the private museum of Dinh Dong is founded by meritorious artist Doan Huy Giao. The museum is characterized by the unique architecture that is friendly with the environment. Stepping onto two traditional houses of Quang region, visitors have a chance to admire hundreds of antiques of Cham culture, Sa Huynh Culture, Dong Son Culture, Oc Eo Culture, Dai Viet Culture,.. dating from 100 to 2,500 years. Significantly, the most prominent artifacts are the ceramic dish of the Mac Dynasty in the 16th century found in Dong Duong tower (Thang Binh district, Quang Nam province) – the contemporary largest Buddhist center in Asia of the Cham people, Kosa Linga made of silver at Tra Kieu Citadel, the first earrings at the shape of a willow of Sa Huynh culture, the No Trang Long bronze drum made of elephant skin, the dug – out canoe of the Ma group – the owners of the Cat Tien Holy Land of the Kingdom of Phu Nam in the 14th century , etc. Therefore, it is without dispute an ideal destination for those who are engaged in exploring culture and history.
In addition, Dinh Dong Museum is famous for a house called “Memories of the fishing village”, built from two wooden boats, three basket and five coracles of the fishermen in Nam Tho fishing village. Situated on stones, heading out to the sea, the house the custodian and curator of the golden past of the fishing village. It displays familiar items such as fish bowls, baskets, etc. Especially, the house exhibits the title that the Nguyen Dynasty did confer on Nam Tho village and black and white pictures of the fishermen.
According to the owner, the museum was planned to build from 2013 to 2014 under the amazing speed of urbanization, especially when the city launched Hoang Sa road running along the coast to Son Tra Peninsula that had significant impacts on local daily life of Nam Tho fishing village.
Address: Suoi But, Hoang Sa street, Tho Quang ward, Son Tra district, Da Nang city.
In spite of the fast development, both residents and local authorities have conserved historical and cultural values. To explore Da Nang, in general, and discover museums in Da Nang, in particular, please contact us at 1900 6749 or 08 7300 6749. We wish you and your family an enjoyable trip to Da Nang!