India funds restoration of My Son sanctuary

The Indian Government will provide Vietnam with US$3 million to restore and preserve the My Son sanctuary – a UNESCO-recognized World Heritage site in the central province of Quang Nam.

In addition, India will also send archaeologists and architects to help with the restoration, which will be implemented in the next five years, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The project is part of a plan to celebrate the Vietnam-India Friendship Year 2012, when the two countries mark the 40th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.

A group of experts from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had conducted a preliminary study of temples and towers at the site.

The Indian experts said My Son is one of the major cradles of Hinduism in Southeast Asia.