My Son Sanctuary to host a sculpture park
Update: Aug 16, 2017
Quang Nam Province plans to build a sculpture park in the My Son Sanctuary to honour people for their contributions to preserving and restoring its cultural heritages, earning them the UNESCO recognition.

The Chairman of Duy Xuyen District’s People’s Committee, Nguyen Cong Dung told Viet Nam News the park will be designed as a destination for tourists when visiting Cham towers complex in My Son.

‘We have been collecting opinions and ideas in making an official design for the park. It will serve as a part of introduction of the My Son Sanctuary and history of preservation of the heritage,” Mr. Dung said.

“The best design will be selected for commencing the park later this year,” he said.

Mr. Dung said the first four famous people featured in the spark wil be French archeologist Henri Parmentier (1870-1949), Polish archaeologist and architect Kazimierz Kwiatkowski, known as ‘Kazik’, former party secretary of Quang Nam-Da Nang Province (now Da Nang City and Quang Nam Province) Ho Nghinh (1915-2007), and Nguyen Xuan Dong (1907-1986).

A 2.5m tall statue of Kazik has been installed at 138 Tran Phu Street in Hoi An Town to honour his work on restoring the ancient town of Hoi An, My Son Sanctuary and Complex of Hue Monuments.

Quang Nam has also planned to build a garden of statues in the Tam Ky Museum to honour 33 famous natives.

The UNESCO-recognised My Son Sanctuary, 70km southwest of Da Nang, hosted nearly 200,000 tourists, including 155,000 foreigners, in the first half this year.

Environmentally-friendly battery powered cars are being used to serve tourists visiting the Cham towers.