Study Abroad

Historic Sites Around Dan Nang

January 05, 2016

Ancient Vietnam was home to some of the world's earliest civilizations and societies. Team Lasell is taking advantage of the historically rich and varied culture to experience the deep learning environment provided in the area. That includes more local cuisine. Here Alex finishes off the snail pie.

Alex eating snail pie

Taking a few days away from SOS Village, we have been touring historic sites – Mỹ Sơn, Hội An, and the Linh Ung Pagoda on the Son Tra Peninsula. As we traveled we saw rice paddies, mountains, and the South China Sea, as well as how the people of Vietnam live in rural and coastal communities.

Charm Island

Hội An is a trading port dating back to the 16th century and is now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The architecture is influenced by Chinese, Japanese, and French. Part of the site is closed to vehicles, making it a grand place for walking. We toured historic buildings and saw how silkworms are raised. Vietnam is known for its fine silk. After dark, colorful silk and paper lanterns gleam from buildings, trees, and posts, making it a magical place.


The Mỹ Sơn site contains the remains of of impressive tower-temples that were the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence. Dating from the 4th to 13th centuries, it owed its spiritual origins to Indian Hinduism. You can still appreciate the incredibly beautiful brick and sandstone architecture even though target practice by Americans during the war damaged the temples. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the park rangers gave us a tour and talked about the history. Parts of it are now being restored.

Mỹ Sơn

Linh Ung Pagoda


Linh Ung Pagoda is the largest in Da Nang in terms of scale and artistic architecture. The pagoda is famous for its beautiful 67-metre-tall Goddess of Mercy statue standing on a lotus-shaped platform. From the hill, you can look back across the bay to the city of Da Nang.

We are so fortunate to have Dee and Professor Tran, who provide the insider view of the Vietnamese people. We certainly couldn’t find better guides on our journey.

Dee and Professor Tran

Tomorrow we will be back at SOS Da Nang Children’s Village. We are looking forward to seeing the children again. Stay tuned for more adventures.