I visited this temple in Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam. It was built and dedication to the first emperor warlord.
In a time plagued with war, the location was strategically chosen as the capital, in the 10th and 11th centuries, because it is surrounded and protected by limestone mountains.
While I was meandering the temple grounds, between its storied stone walls, I imagined the lives of its dwellers back in the period of its full magnificence. The grandeur, and the tribulations.