Field of ancient stones in Sapa and Museum
Field of ancient stones in Sapa (Sapa Ancient Rock Field) was discovered in 1925 by an archaeological expedition led by archaeologist and orientalist V. V. Golubev, a French archaeologist of Russian origin. Rather, lay the stones and none of the locals were not needed until they turned their attention to the researcher. The fact that their surface is ancient images: shapes, lines, resembling the kanji signs. Just then it was discovered 200 huge stones, each of which is described in detail and photographed. The age of these drawings and inscriptions of about 2000 years.
Unfortunately, UNESCO has not yet decided to take the object under protection, and the labels tend to disappear, hiding under the painted over them the arts of tourists and local children. So if you this place interesting, is there a hurry or with time nothing left.
Now as for the fields with stones and Museum. All 200 stones scattered over a large area on the field, but to examine them, of course, not necessary, enough for several closest to the road. Before you go down to the stones on the field, you can visit the free Museum. There are photo of archaeological site information with the coordinates of each stone, some artifacts from the excavations, but little useful information, unfortunately not. After the Museum can walk down the stairs and the path on the field to the stones.
🕐 Time of work: round the clock
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free
🚶 How to get there: the Museum is located 10 kilometers from Sapa on the road TL152 leading through the valley of Minh Hoa (Museum and field on the map). Here you can drive from Sapa on a rented vehicle, a taxi, or visit during the trekking.
Near the Museum there is free Parking, observation deck, and from there leads first down the concrete stairs to one stone, and then she turns into the trail across the field to the other stones. You can go down the trail to the river, but you better not go just in the fields outside the trails, it's the cultivated fields of the peasants.