Monday, May 9, 2011

My adventure to Hanoi ( part 3 ) Temple of Literature- The oldest university in Hanoi

( Welcome to Hanoi! )

Today let us start our walking tour around Hanoi. It is a great place to explore on foot, there is a lot to see and do here. Hanoi lies on the banks of the Red River. Some of the human settlements found in Hanoi date back as far as the 3rd century BC. 

If you are a culture vulture Hanoi has so much to offer. With a 1000- year history and many well- preserved buildings along with lush and verdant parks, Hanoi will simply keep you busy for days on end. 

One of the loveliest features to this French colonial city is its many lakes and these provide many beautiful locations to rest in between venturing out in the capital's streets. 


The Temple of LIterature was originally constructed in 1070 and was formerly the site of one of the oldest universities in Vietnam. Although there are numerous temples throughout the country, this is the most famous of all and is a targeted destination for many tourists who visit Vietnam. This temple is the seat of Confucian education in Hanoi. Don't miss it!

There is a feeling of calmness and serenity the moment you walk through the gate and stroll along the green-lined path, bordered by lotus ponds on each side. Another gate will greet you and usher you into a courtyard with a pond. To its left are rows and rows of turtles carved in stone. In Vietnam, the turtle is a symbol of long life and wisdom.

At the far end of the courtyard is a " shrine " for Confucius  and Buddha, where many local people come and pay respect.

It is considered to be one of the country's finest sites and tourist attractions. Admission to this temple is 10,000 VND ( equivalent to $. 50 ). It is a nice walk around the area. You enter one way and come out the same way. You could easily spend an hour here just taking photos.

Around the courtyard you will find a display of bonsai, a huge bell and souvenir shops.

In my opinion, this is a " classical " place to see in Hanoi. A definite must see when you visit Hanoi.

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