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Entries in Champa (2)



Plumeria alba L. (Apocynaceae) is a small tree native to Central and South America. Because of the fragrance and durability of its flowers, the species has spread throughout the tropical world. The tree has taken on a special importance in Asia. The flowers are used to make leis in many parts of the Pacific and as a fragrance for Indian incense and the species is frequently planted as an ornametal around Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries. Plumeria alba is the national flower of Laos, where it is known as "champa", and it is a popular garland for taxicabs in Myanmar (see Yangon Taxi) . [NOTE: the image above was taken in Vietnam]. 


Mỹ Sơn

Southwest of Danang in Central Vietnam is a cluster of ancient Hindu ruins dedicated to the god Shiva. Known as Mỹ Sơn, the temples were constructed between the 4th and the 14th century by successive kings of the Champa dynasty. Truly spectacular, and I took a lot of pictures.  A few are presented below. I particularly like the one of the headless statue. [NOTE: Many of the structures were severely damaged during the Vietnam War and are gradually being re-constructed].