Korosi Csoma Sandor---Alexander Korosi Csoma

Trip Start Jul 05, 2010
Trip End May 15, 2011

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Flag of India  , West Bengal,
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

When "The Five Second Tea Lady" learned we were Hungarian, she told us we must visit the cemetery where Korosi Csoma Sandor is buried. Korosi Csoma Sandor, was a great Hungarian researcher and philologist, who set out for the east to find the origin of the Magyar ethnic group. In Ladakh, he began to study the Tibetan language and in 1823, he made the first Tibetan-English dictionary. In 1842, he planned to go to Lhasa, but died in Darjeeling.

There is a very nice monument by his grave in Darjeeling. When David and I entered the cemetery, we met about 10 people, all Hungarian, paying their respects to the famous Hungarian. The Hungarian consulate was there with his family as were other Hungarian travelers. It was nice to speak Hungarian again with someone.

The old man on the photographs tends to Korosi Csoma Sandor's grave and he lives in the hillside overlooking the cemetery.  He explained that before him, it was his father’s and grandfather’s task to tend to the grave.
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