Two Years in the Kingdom- Temple of Literature

October 23, 2018

Hello All, and thanks for following me. Todays topic is The Temple of Literature

I’m living about 55 kilometers south of Phnom Penh, Cambodia which happens to be in the heart of SE Asia. Thailand on the one side and Vietnam/Laos on the other. Myself and a friend took an excursion to Vietnam last week. We started out in Ho Chi Min City, formerly Saigon, which is a 6-hour bus ride from Phnom Penh. Ho Chi Min is a huge and busy city. Our final destination is the world heritage site, Halong Bay. Check for my next post on Halong Bay because you won’t want to miss that one. Before we could get to Halong Bay we went to Hanoi. While Saigon is in southern Vietnam, Hanoi is in the north but still about 1000 miles from the Chinese border. I stayed at the Hanoi Rose Hotel, comfortable and inexpensive, with welcoming and accommodating hosts. From the hotel, we had easy access to both the French Quarters and Old City Quarters. Hanoi is filled with parks, lakes, old city streets, pagodas and museums. We were stopped on the streets by children and teenagers anxious to hear about where we were from and about our country. Pictured here is the the ancient Temple of Literature one of the many sites to see in Hanoi. The temple was built as a university in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius. Originally built to educate royalty but then opened up to others. The woman in white is wearing a typical Vietnamese formal dress. I think she was getting married or in a wedding party but was happy to take a picture with me. I went to several museums one of which was the infamous Hanoi Hilton where John McCain was held and tortured for 5 years as a POW. More on this in another post.  I also went to the war museum and spoke with a woman about the war. She told me that when the Americans entered the war they were considered invaders to their country. I didn’t disagree with her. How could I? After all these years the American government has yet to fully disclose why we were fighting in Vietnam.

Disclaimer: The content of this website is mine alone and does not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Government, the Peace Corps, or the Cambodian Government.

This is the book trailer for my novel Azaleas Beyond the Prison Walls. Book sales are increasing so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those that have supported me by purchasing my books. Although I’m no longer with Smart Cat Publishing, all my books are available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Links are on this website. Hope you will take a moment to listen and enjoy.














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