Cham Museum – the largest museum of Cham sculpture in Vietnam
Last Update: 24th October 2020
Originally built in 1915 by the French, Cham Museum offers exquisite Cham sculptures to appreciate. Around 1,000 pieces of sculptures are well-preserved here. They were collected from Hoang Binh to Binh Dinh. The sculptures were created between the 7th Century and 15th Century.
Cham Museum Fast Facts
- Name: Cham Museum
History: dating back to 1915
- Things to do there: Vietnamese Culture, Photography
- Who visits: History Lovers, Photographers, Culture Lovers
- Time required: 1 – 2 x hours
What to expect at the Cham Museum
Cham Museum features rich Cham sculptures to admire. You’ll find a variety of stone statues, stone beasts and fine architectural stone sculptures of Champa.
The museum has many stone sculptures head of which is that of the elephant but the body is that of human being. This kind of sculptures reflects Champa was deeply affected by the Indian culture. In early age, the region Champa ruled had been under the governance of China before. The stone sculptures of dragons in the museum tell this point. Champa culture is a fusion of Indian culture and Chinese culture.
Some sculptures also show the Indian Yoga was also popular in the ancient time. Many of the sculptures are religious. Some also demonstrate the social life at that time. The Champa characters on a stone tablet there are still unknown for now.
Through the sculptures, you’ll know some about the costume of the Champa during that period of time. Some wear a skirt without underwear and the upper body is naked. The sculptures of the male and female genital organs reflect the distinctive worship of Cham for the organ.
Best time to visit the Cham Museum
The best time to visit Cham Museum is in the morning
You could visit it around the year.
How to explore the Cham Museum
Unfortunately, there is no direct bus to Cham Museum from Da Nang City. However, it’s centrally located and easy is to rent a vehicle.
Additional Cham Museum Travel Advice
- Opening hours: 07:00 – 17:30
- As at 24th October 2020, the entrance pricing to the museum is 60,000 VND per person. For the latest pricing information, please contact us via email (email@example.com)
- Please don’t wear shorts, short skirt, or minidress in the museum.
- It is not permitted to smoke in the museum.
- Flashlight or tripod is not permitted to use there either.
- Please don’t touch the sculptures.
- The museum offers the charged English and French interpretation services between 07:30 and 11:00 and between 14:00 and 17:00. Please reserve it 3 days in advance. Please note, it is applicable to the group from 5 visitors.