The Project for Improvement of the Surrounding Area of My-son Sanctuary
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The My Son Site, registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, is a religious site built by successive Champer kings between the 8th and 13th centuries as a sacred place for the Cham people who established their kingdom in central and southern Vietnam. The purpose of this project is to provide information to the visitors of the site, and to support the collection of excavated artifacts and research activities. The project was implemented through the Japanese government's ODA cultural grant aid.
The exhibition consists of a minimum number of excavated artifacts and a reconstructed model of the interior of the shrine, mainly using explanatory panels, in order to briefly introduce the site to tourists as a site museum. The exterior stone walls are made of natural stones piled up in a slit pattern to show the similarity with the ruins and to reduce the volume of the stones. The exhibition building has a symmetrical arrangement of exhibition rooms and storage rooms on both sides with an open entrance under a large eave to block the sunlight. The exhibition space does not rely on artificial lighting, but makes maximum use of natural lighting and ventilation by means of top lights and high sides in order to reduce maintenance costs. The storage room is open to the entrance so that part of it can be used as a storage and exhibition room.