Eight Po Nagar
Cham Towers were built on Cu Lao Marble Hill, 2 km north of Nha
Trang, between the eighth and 13th centuries. The largest of the four remaining towers
was built in honour of Po Nagar, also known as Lady Thien Y-ana or
the Goddess Mother; she spent part of her life teaching weaving and
The 22.5m tower contains her sandstone
statue sitting cross-legged on Buddha's throne. The 2.6m statue has
10 hands, each holding a specific object illustrating the intellect
and power of Buddha.
The remaining towers were dedicated to different gods: the central
tower to Cri Cambhu, the north-west tower to Sandhaka and the south
tower to Ganeesh.
Not only are the towers famous for their architecture and sculpture,
but also for their great significance in terms of history,
nationalism and archaeology.
Standing on the top of the hill, one can admire the beautiful
landscapes of the coastal region of Nha Trang.