24 June 2019

A Voyage to Vietnam: The Temple of Literature

The last place we have visited in Hanoi was the Temple of Literature. This is a Confucian temple built by the Emperor Ly Thanh Tong, back in 1070. And as with several other temples we have seen, the layout and structure are quite similar, with courtyards, ponds, statues, offerings, and other Confucian symbolisms.

The temple is found in the centre of Hanoi, so it actually is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. It is located in a rectangular plot of land, and the entrance is on the southern end. The gate opens up to several different pathways that allow visitors to proceed into the temple.

There are several courtyards, with buildings in between. The buildings contain the statues, with offerings presented in front of them. Again, as with several other temples we have seen in the country, there are people leaving offerings of various different types, sizes, and dimensions.

The inner courtyards are serene and quiet, located in between the buildings. There are some artefacts that one can find, like large drums and bells.

Perhaps after visiting this, we were done with temples, at least for now. It was also our final day, so we just slowly headed home, had a nice dinner, and packed our bags before heading to the airport early the next morning.


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    1. Zhu,

      It definitely is! And as usual, it's a way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city!