A retreat from Hanoi's noisy streets

Last update at 09/14/2011 20:08. By Hanoi Local Guide.

A retreat from Hanoi's noisy streets
By Hanoi Local Guide


Clearly one of Hanoi's highlights, the expansive and leafy Temple of Literature is a complex of ancient Vietnamese temples dating back as far as 11th century. It is the temple to visit, if you have limited time in Hanoi.

Consisting of five courtyards, the temple compound is expansive, easily occupying a few hectares. Highlights include the ancient stelae that sit atop stone turtles where the names of successful candidates in the imperial exams are etched for eternity; the magnificent main housing several artefacts and statues of Confucius and his four best disciples; and the hall itself an outstanding example of Vietnamese architecture with very intricate details.

While I thoroughly enjoyed the temple, I did have a great time exploring the temple's gardens and taking snaps of beautiful flowers and hardworking bees along the way.

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Location Hanoi
Basin countries Vietnam

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