#517 – King Le Thai To monument

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This is what I get up to if I have a bit more time to sketch…I enjoyed putting in the detail in this one. On the weekend I met for lunch in the old quarter with a friend from my time living in Bhutan. On my way home I passed this little corner of peace and quiet next to the busy Hoan Kiem lake. King Le Thai To is a Vietnamese hero who fought off the Chinese in the north in the 15th Century. Behind the little temple is a stone tablet carved with a poem he wrote (the original of which is somewhere in the mountains). It includes the lines “Sounding gales, clamoring cranes, shake fear amongst the enemy”.


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