Hanoi, Vietnam




Temple of Literature
Quoc Tu Giam St. Admission: 20,000 dong
The Temple of Literature is located in south of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Thang Long Citadel. This historic Confucian temple in Hanoi was founded in 1070 (during the time of King Ly Nhan Tong) and was established as Vietnam's first national university or Imperial Academy six years later. The temple was reconstructed during the period of the Tran dynasty (1225–1400) and subsequently through the centuries.
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This magnificent temple covers more than five hectares and includes the Literature ("Van") Lake, Giam Park and interior courtyards surrounded by a brick wall. The gate of the temple opens through three pathways and into the complex. The interior of the site is divided into five courtyards and each courtyard features numerous stone tablets, each mounted on the back of a tortoise, with the names of graduates over the centuries. 

Courtyard inside the Temple of Literature by Jorge Lascar

Ngoc Son Temple
Hoan Kiem Lake. Open: From 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission: 20,000 dong
Also known as the Temple of the Jade Mountain, it is situated on a small but scenic island on the northern shore of Hoan Kiem Lake and connected by a red-painted wooden bridge. The temple was constructed in the 18th century, honouring Vietnam's 13th-century military leader Tran Hung Dao, who fought against China's Yuan Dynasty. Inside are some fine ceramics with their intricate designs. The site is frequently very crowded with tourists. 

Ngoc Son Temple by Gryffindor

Bach Ma Temple
76 Hang Buom St. Open: From 7:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. On the 1st and 15th of every lunar month opening hours are extended from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The temple is conveniently located in the heart of the Old Quarter at the corner of Hang Buom and Hang Giay. It is one of the oldest temples in Hanoi, originally built in the 11th century but the current building seen today dates back to the 18th century. It is a small but beautiful temple, regularly visited by devotees praying and burning incense.

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