In case anyone is interested, I offer a selection of artifacts from various museums in Vietnam (Saigon, Da Nang, Hanoi). This will save you making the trip.
I am always impressed by human achievement, especially that of someone working only with a vision, rock, and primitive tools. I can manage a hammer and nail, but would butcher a piece of wood with a chisel.
I cannot recall the story, which accompanies each of these items, but someone had a fierce imagination. Religious belief plays a big role and tends to motivate artists throughout history. Most of these items were hacked out of sandstone, which made the task easier, but I also spotted intricate work in marble.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.