Kősöri Csoma Sándor buddhista sztúpája

Sándor Csoma Kőrösi’s memorial in Vietnam

The name of Alexander Csoma Kőrösi is familiar to many people in Asia. The memory of the linguist is preserved on plaques in places he has previously visited, such as Aleppo, Tehran or several towns in India. But there are also places where Kőrösi has never been, yet his admirers remember him.

In Vietnam, in Vung-Tau, a stupa is held to commemorate the Orientalist. In 1972 the stupa was built under the intervention of Rudolf Petri, a monk and professor at the Alexander Csoma des Körös Institute for Buddhology in Budapest.

Kőrösi, born in Transylvania in 1784, studied in Nagyenyed and Göttingen. He had already formulated the idea of ​​visiting the Hungarian homeland back in his university years. In 1819 he cut his way to head east by already speaking 13 languages. He first traveled to Istanbul via Bucharest, from where he had to leave quickly due to the plague epidemic, and he wanted to settle in Egypt to improve his Arabic language knowledge. However, the plague epidemic in Egypt caught him up, so he had to leave soon. He eventually reached Zangla on an adventurous journey, where he spent nearly a year studying the Tibetan language.

He continued his journey, spending three years in Kanam and five years in Calcutta. During this time, he completed the Tibetan-English dictionary, the first in this field. By this time the Orientalist had spoken 20 languages.

On his way to Lhasa in 1842, he became ill with malaria. He died in Darziling, where he was laid to rest in a European cemetery. The stupa raised in Vietnam commemorates the memory and work of Alexander Csoma Kőrösi, although he has never been to Vietnam.

The place of Robert Capa’s death

Endre Friedmann’s name probably sounds unfamiliar to many, but when it comes to Robert Capa, everyone knows who he is, even though the two are the same. The Hungarian-born photographer was one of the most prominent military correspondents of the 20th century. Robert Capa’s tomb is in Vietnam, int Thai Binh where he lost his life during the Indochina War.

“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you weren’t close enough,” comes the repeated phrase from him.

Endre Friedmann was born in Budapest in 1913, where he turned to photography at an early age. After secondary school and a detour in Berlin, he moved to Paris, where he took the name Robert Capa because he hoped for more assignments due to the “American-sounding” name. After the name change, he participated as a war correspondent in the Japan-China War, capturing the Normandy landing and the first Arab-Israeli war.

In 1954 LIFE Magazine sent him to Southeast Asia to cover the Indochina war that had been going on for 8 years.
At the age of forty, he died here when he stepped on a landmine near the Laotian border.