Vestiges of an Empire

Thorny bushes now crown the once grand brick towers of the ancient city of My Son. Carved into a crumbling temple wall, a stone warrior brandishes a sword, defying anyone to challenge the powerful Kingdom of Champa.

Unfortunately, over the centuries many people have. Conquered by Vietnamese invaders, plundered by French colonists and bombed by U.S. warplanes, My Son is now abandoned, one of the few vestiges of an empire all but forgotten. When Zheng He's ships first called on Champa, the powerful Hindu kingdom had dominated central Vietnam for more than 1,000 years. The haven described by the fleet's Chinese...

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