Daily Archives: November 3, 2008

The world’s oldest wooden building: Horyuji Temple in Horyuji, Japan

Posted by on November 3, 2008

Horyuji Temple and Pagoda, Japan

Horyuji Temple and Pagoda, Japan

The Temple and Pagoda in Horyuji, Japan are the oldest wooden buildings in the world. The buildings were originally built in the 8th Century and have survived until now. There is evidence that there were wooden buildings built prior to these, but the ones now standing have survived intact. The trick with any wooden building is to not burn down. The palace in the Forbidden City in Beijing has burned down several times due to lightening and cooking fires. Likewise, the Todaiji temple in Nara has burned down due to fire several times as well. Surviving this long is really more a matter of luck than anything else.

I’ll Miss Saigon

Posted by on November 3, 2008

This is my last full day in Saigon. Tomorrow, at the suggestion of Nomadic Matt, I’ll be heading to Mui Ne and Nha Trang on the way to Hue. I’m sure I’ll figure out more once I leave Saigon (if ONLY i had a guidebook!!)

There has been flooding in Central Vietnam during the last week. I don’t know if this is going to hamper things. None of the flooding has been in the places I have on the immediate schedule. I don’t plan on spending more than 3 days in any city between here and Hue. I should be following the coast for the most part. I loathe really long bus rides, so by stopping along the coast, I don’t have one giant ride to Hue.

I’ll probably also need a 2 week extension of my visa, as it expires on November 14.

If anyone has been to Central Vietnam had have suggestions for unique things I can buy for the contest, let me know. I’d like to get a Vietnamese conical hate (called a nón lá) but it would be bulky to ship.