My Son World Cultural Heritage Site in Central Quang Nam Province Being Preserved
Update: Dec 22, 2008
According to the Management Board for My Son Relics, Vietnam has begun coordinating with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on the start of the second phrase of the project on the preservation of My Son world cultural heritage site.

The Cham ethnic minority group built My Son between the 4th and 13th centuries in a valley in Duy Phu Commune, Duy Xuyen District in the Central Province of Quang Nam.

My Son was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in December, 1999. However, because of natural and environmental effects, and numerous wars, the relics have been heavily damaged, especially the G temple complex.

The second phrase of the project will complete the restoration of the G1 temple – the most important temple in the G temple complex, and provide knowledge about the cultural heritage of the site, following international standards for archaeologists, architectures, experts in preservation and heritage site managers.

The project will also build a database for long-term preservation of the site. Total capital for second phrase will be around USD 435,000, and will come from the Lerici Foundation, along with over VND 300 million of corresponding capital from the province.

The first phrase of the project was carried out by Vietnam in coordination with UNESCO to research geography and archeological activities and makes a geographical information map for temples in My Son relic.