Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Luu Cu, excavations unveiled in 1986, a huge brick-built building, though only the rectangular foundations remain today, but enough evidence was collated to suggest that it was a site of worship when it was erected in the 1st century AD during the time of the Funan empire, with further evidence to suggest there was a 2nd construction in the 5th century. Pre-Angkorian of course, though there are no Angkor-style remains in the Mekong Delta that I'm aware of. Archaeologists found yoni, linga, religious items made of sandstone, crystal rock, gold and brass, though none of these are kept at the site today. What does remain are the laid-bare foundations, with a few bricks featuring floral patterns, underneath a large covering, a sign in Vietnamese, a guest-book for visitors to sign and most of the village children, who came out to join our investigation, and of course, pose for photos. Luu Cu is about 40kms southwest of Tra Vinh and just a stone's throw from the Luu Cuu II pagoda.