Sunday, November 04, 2012

Vietnam - Hanoi Trip Day 3 - Visit to the Temple of Literature

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Our next stop was visit to Temple of Literature. The Temple of Literature is a temple of Confucius in Hanoi, northern Vietnam. The temple hosts the "Imperial Academy" Vietnam's first national university.

Outside the temple, there were a lot of vendors selling the tee shirts. Do remember to bargain hard if you want to purchase them but if you do not want to purchase, dont show any interest otherwise they would keep following you but not to worry, they cant go into the temple cause there an admission fee of 20,000 dong.

Our tour guide purchasing the admission tickets.

At the entrance of the temple, we saw some vietnamese girls posing for photos. Love their ao dai costumes.

Pretty girl, she really knows how to pose.

The temple layout is similar to that of the temple at Qufu, Shandong, Confuscius' birthplace.

There are five courtyards. The main gate leading to the temple.

The first courtyard extends from the Great Portico to the Great Middle gate which is flanked by two smaller gates: the "Attained Talent" gate and the "Accomplished Virtue" gate.

The Second Courtyard and Constellation of Literature pavilion.

Third Courtyard of the temple with the Well of Heavenly Clarity and the red Constellation of Literature pavilion.

Turtle Stele engraved with the names of those successful scholar at the royal exams.

One enters the fourth courtyard through the "Gate of great synthesis" . On either side are two smaller gates: the gate of "Golden Sound" and the gate of "Jade Vibration".

The Fifth Courtyard, grounds of the imperial academy.

The roof of the temples were made with few layers of materials to keep the temple cool. Forgot what materials they were made from.

There is a plaque given by Emperor Kangxi from China hang at the main hall.

A short article about the history of the late king Ly Thanh Tong.

If you have time, you might like to stay around to listen to some vietnamese music by the musicians.

Saw some very cute puppets.(those that were used mostly at the water puppet show)

You might like to read more information of the temple from source

. A short video of the musicians.

2 comments:

thomas said...

I have never been to Vietnam,
the place seems to be very clean from your photos.

alicesg said...

Thomas, I am also very surprised that Hanoi is so much better than I expected. If you visit Hanoi, do stay near the Hoan Kiem Lake where there's more shopping and restaurants there. Dont have to join travel agency. Book your own airfare and hotel online, and on arrival book the tour with the hotel, unless of course is a public holiday otherwise no problem booking the tour on arrival. So much cheaper travelling on your own than with travel company.