The Mysterious Plain of Jars.
Located near the town of Ponsavan are fields that contain literally
hundreds of stone jars. These huge jars weigh anything from about
600kg. The largest weighs approximately 6 tonnes.
These incredible jars are about 2,000 years old and it is not
exactly known why they are all in this location and what exactly
they were used for. Scholars have suggested that they may have
been used for the storage of rice or even rice wine. They may
have even been a type of coffin. No one knows for sure.
With over 2,000 jars to be seen and many more waiting to be discovered,
there are many sites to go and see the jars. I visited the three
main sites, which are most accessible by road from Ponsavan. Walking
round these sites is truly amazing and really gets your mind thinking.
It’s an out of this world experience, comparable only to
the ancient temple sites at Angkor in Cambodia, featured in the
September 2003 issue of the Town Crier magazine. Although a good
jars many have been damaged by bomb blasts during the Vietnam
War, there are many fine examples still with their lids.