A Day in the Sun
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This being Saturday, the team went on a sightseeing trip to two great locations which are relatively close to Da Nang. We first visited My Son (pronounced “Me Son”, where the “o” in “Son” sounds like “soap”). My Son was an ancient holy site of the Cham (pronounced with the “a” like “cat”) people who were settlers in the area in the 9th to 14th centuries AD. This people were eventually moved out of the area by people migrating from the north and from the south.
The ruins at My Son are very interesting. As I walked through the area, I was reminded of a vacation I took with my family to visit some Mayan ruins in Mexico. The type of construction and the form of the ruins is completely different though. The people used a type of brick which has not lost its color over many hundreds of years. Also, no mortar was used between the bricks as they were laid to create the temples. Several teams have attempted to re-create the type of brick and the construction methods but have failed. It is quite easy to point out the parts of the ruins which have been re-constructed and those which are original.
While we were walking through the ruins, a group of children on a school trip were very interested in talking with us. They are eager to practice spoken English as they only are able to learn reading and writing of English in school. The kids are like children everywhere – full of energy, a little bit shy, but very fun to talk to.
After leaving My Son, we headed over to an ancient seaport which is also south of Da Nang and called Hoi An. Hoi An was one of the busiest seaports in the central part of Vietnam in the 16th and 17th centuries. Because so many different types of people came to the port, the city is built up with a large variety of architectures. The narrow streets and riverfront walking areas are wonderful to stroll through, look at items in the endless number of shops, and negotiate for the best price with the merchants.
It was rather hot out in the sun today, but the whole team had a great time learning about the history of Vietnam and visiting these two historic locations.