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Indian president visits My Son Sanctuary in central Vietnam

Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 11:34 GMT+7
Indian president visits My Son Sanctuary in central Vietnam
Indian President Ram Nath Kovind visits the My Son Sanctuary in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam on November 19, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and the First Lady on Monday toured the My Son Sanctuary, a world cultural heritage site in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam, as part of his ongoing state visit to Vietnam.

The trip was made within the framework of President Kovind’s first state visit to the Southeast Asian county, scheduled from November 18 to 20.

The Indian leader praised local works in protecting the sanctuary, believing that joint efforts among the two governments, Indian experts, and Quang Nam authorities will contribute significantly to the reservation and promotion of the world cultural heritage.

Nguyen Ngoc Quang, secretary of the Quang Nam Party Committee, thanked President Kovind and the Indian government for their sponsorship, hoping that more assistance would come regarding the conservation of the historical site.

After touring the site, the visiting leader planted a bodhi tree, brought from India, near the entrance of the sanctuary.

President Ram Nath Kovind receives flowers from a local student.
President Ram Nath Kovind receives flowers from a local student. Photo: Tuoi Tre

My Son Sanctuary was previously a religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom, located on a hilly landscape in Duy Xuyen District, about 70 kilometers southwest of the central city of Da Nang and 40 kilometers from Hoi An, a coastal city in Quang Nam.

The site is comprised of eight groups of 71 monuments, built from the seventh to 13th centuries.

As of 1999, My Son has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

An electric bus takes President Kovind and his delegation into the site.
An electric bus takes President Kovind and his delegation into the site. :Photo: Tuoi Tre

India has been aiding a project on the reservation of the cultural site under an agreement signed by the two nations’ governments.

Following the tour, the Indian president left Quang Nam for Hanoi to officially commence his state visit in the Vietnamese capital.

A welcome ceremony was held for Kovind on Tuesday morning, after which he was scheduled to have talks with Party chief and State President Nguyen Phu Trong and other Vietnamese leaders.

Traditional Champa dance is performed at the My Son Sanctuary.
A traditional Champa dance is performed at the My Son Sanctuary. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The Indian leader poses for a photo with a tower within the sanctuary.
The Indian leader poses for a photo with a tower within the sanctuary. Photo: Tuoi Tre
President Kovind tours the site.
President Kovind tours the site. Photo: Tuoi Tre
President Kovind tours the site.
President Kovind tours the site. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The president talks with his officials about the world cultural heritage site.
The president talks with his officials about the world cultural heritage site. Photo: Tuoi Tre
President Kovind  plantes a bodhi tree brought from India near the entrance of the sanctuary.
President Kovind plantes a bodhi tree brought from India near the entrance of the sanctuary. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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Duy Khang / Tuoi Tre News

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