Dong Duong

Dong Duong was a Buddhist center of Champa on the plain about 20 kilometers south of My Son.

In 875, King Indravarman II ordered the construction of the complex of temples and large assembly halls. A stele found at the site shows the temples were dedicated to Bodhisattva Laksmindra Lokesvara, a form of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. The structures were on an east-west axis and each was surrounded by a brick wall. Their gates faced east and were guarded by statues of Dvarapala.

The images worshipped at Dong Duong bear witness to the development of Mahayana Buddhism in Champa. Despite some Chines, Indian and other influences, the sculpture and architecture of Dong Duong displayed strong indigenous elements which created this unique and impressive style of Cham art.

Dong Duong was excavated by Henri Parmentier and Charles Carpeaux during the autumn of 1902. It has been almost completely destroyed by time and wars but we can imagine its large scale and splendour through the exhibited remains.