Friday, July 29, 2011

Tombs 1

The day after visiting the kings' Palace, we went to see their tombs.

The grounds were gorgeous...

However, sometimes the king's ego got a wee bit too large, and the people rebelled against having to pay 30% tax and having to send the father of each family to go work on tomb construction.

Below, statues of royal mandarins (court officials) guard the king's autobiography, etched in Chinese characters on a 20-ft stone tablet.

A Tomb with a View!

After the tomb visits, we were treated to a performace of traditional dragon dance (highly entertaining)...

...and martial arts with various weapons like sticks, swords, and fans.

Then I got myself a conical straw rice paddy hat. Sun protection!

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