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Cham Museum Da Nang: Where the golden age of Champa kingdom is preserved

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Cham Museum Da Nang, a highlight on the tourism map of the city, is an ideal destination for visitors to learn more about the ancient Champa kingdom in particular and the history of Vietnam in general.

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Museum of Cham Sculpture Danang Vietnam is a tourist hotspot (Source: Collected)

Cham Museum in Da Nang, with a huge collection of antiques, annually attracts thousands of tourists who are eager to learn about Vietnam history in general and Cham culture in particular. Read the following guide before you go in order to make plans to visit this museum on your trip to Da Nang!

1. About Cham Museum Da Nang Vietnam

  • Location: No. 2, 2/9 street, Hai Chau district, Da Nang city
  • Opening hours: 7:30 am – 5 pm every day
  • Ticket price: VND 60,000/person (about US$2.5)

Cham Museum’s official name is Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture. This museum has the largest number of Cham antiques in Vietnam. It has a total area of over 6,600 square metres, a third of which is used to display antiques, while the rest is used to exhibit rare images and materials of Cham culture. The museum was officially open to the public in 1919.

2. The history of Museum of Cham Sculpture Danang Vietnam

Below are the major historical milestones of Cham Museum:

  • In 1915: Construction of Da Nang Cham Museum began;
  • In 1916: Construction was basically completed;
  • In 1919: The museum was open to the public;
  • In 1930: The museum was expanded for the first time as there were more antiques excavated, meaning more space was required;
  • In 2002: The museum was expanded for the second time, adding more rooms for exhibition, storage and research;
  • In 2011: Cham Museum was listed as a first-class museum in Vietnam, confirming its contribution to preserving the heritage value of Cham culture;
  • In 2016: Local authorities renovated the museum while keeping its original architecture.

To have a thorough understanding about the museum, tourists should use the tour guide or audio guide service which comes with voice-over translation.

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A visit to Cham Museum Danang Vietnam will be both entertaining and informative (Source: Collected)

How to use the free audio guide service:

  • Step 1: Log into the museum’s wifi network
  • Step 2: Open the site: https://chamaudio.com
  • Step 3: Choose among 3 languages available: Vietnamese, French, and English. Choose the antique that you want to learn about by following the instructions on the application or just scanning the code beside the antique.

Details about the tour guide service:

  • Applicable to groups of over 5 people
  • Available in three languages: Vietnamese, English, and French;
  • Applicable time: 7.30 am – 11 am and 2 pm – 5 pm every day;
  • If English or French is chosen, you should contact the museum to book the service at least 3 days in advance.

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3. Cham Museum Danang review: Things to put in your bucket list

Cham Museum is a favourite destination in Da Nang for both domestic and foreign tourists. In addition to the unique antiques, the museum has architecture that bears the distinctive features of the ancient Cham civilisation.

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Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture is an architectural masterpiece (Source: Collected)

3.1. Contemplate the unique architecture of Cham Museum

The museum was designed by two French architects, namely Delaval and Auclair, based on suggestions by Henri Parmentier, head of the Archaeology Faculty of the French School of the Far East, on blending the features of Cham temples with the European Gothic style.

Cham Museum’s main building is a highlight with its arches, making it distinctive among other buildings in the city. The interior is designed with many windows to let natural light reach the exhibition rooms. Outside, visitors will feel a nostalgic atmosphere, with yellow walls, green moss, and frangipani flowers.

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Sculptures displayed at Cham Museum Danang Vietnam (Source: Collected)

3.2. Explore the galleries inside Museum of Cham Sculpture

The museum stores over 2,000 antiques of all sizes. Only one fourth of these are on display, the rest is kept in the storage. Most of the sculptures here are originals made of sandstone, baked clay and bronze. They date back to between the 7 and 15th centuries and reflect the culture at that time.

Most of the sculptures depict gods in Hinduism like Shiva, Naga, Laksmi. There are also works that describe daily life.

Here, the antiques are arranged according to the respective areas where they were unearthed such as My Son, Quang Tri, Quang Nam, and Quang Ngai. This way of arrangement helps visitors recognise the significance of Cham culture, which was present in many locations.

3.3. See firsthand the 3 antiques classified as national treasures

At Cham Museum, you will find three national treasures on display, namely My Son E1 Worship platform, Tra Kieu worship platform, and Statue of Tara.

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The museum unveils the mysterious past of the Champa Kingdom (Source: Collected)

4. What to note for your trip to Da Nang Cham Museum?

To be well prepared for the visit to Cham Museum, you should take note of the following:

  • Dress neatly and politely
  • Refrain from touching the antiques
  • Do not bring heavy luggage into the museum (you can leave them at the counter)
  • Do not bring explosives, flammable substances, and dangerous objects into the museum
  • Keep the museum clean
  • Refrain from raising your voice
  • Do not use camera inside the exhibition rooms
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Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Cham Museum (Source: Collected)

It is strongly recommended that you combine visiting Da Nang, Hue, and Hoi An Ancient Town in one tour as they are close to each other. While you are in Hoi An, don’t forget to come to the top-rated amusement park VinWonders Nam Hoi An. This park promises to bring you lots of fun with its 5 subdivisions:

  • Adventure Land: a place for brave and adventurous visitors who want to discover and conquer their limits through heart-pounding games.
  • Island of Folk Culture: a place that gathers the authentic architectural features of the three regions in Vietnam.
  • Water World: a water park with slides and pool for children and adults, along with 11 exciting games to cool off the summer heat.
  • Harbor Corner: a place where you will find the contrast in culture of the past and present, of the East and West.
  • River Safari: the first and largest river safari in Vietnam, which has more than 50 species and 550 individuals of animals.

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Cham Museum

VinWonders Nam Hoi An offers truly relaxing moments for visitors after exploring Cham Museum

Cham Museum, preserving an important part of ancient Cham and Vietnamese history, will give you an understanding about the kingdom that used to dominate the central region of Vietnam. This is a must-see destination for all visitors on their trip to the beautiful coastal city of Da Nang.

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