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London, England, United Kingdom
October 17, 2010
From journal Vietnam Part 5: Hanoi & Ha Long Bay
October 22, 2003
The Temple of Literature, or Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam, as it is called in Vietnamese, has been preserved quite well from its origins in the 11th century. Unlike the temples in nearby Cambodia, the Temple of Literature is a living structure rather than a ruin. The Vietnamese are clearly very proud of this historical structure from their past.
I really enjoyed the tranquil grounds, with the waterlily-filled ponds and the unique topiary. As the price was less than $2, it is a very economical way to spend an afternoon.
I haven't included directions, but Temple of Literature is one of the major sites in Hanoi. You can easily get any moto or cyclo to take you there. From the Old Quarter, it is a lovely drive because you go through the old diplomatic section with gorgeous mansions on tree-lined streets. Its block-long walls make it hard to miss.
From journal Asia Sampler: Hanoi Rocks
by Heather F
Heywood, Victoria, Australia
October 7, 2001
From journal Hanoi Highlights
October 25, 2000
You can still see the names of the top students carved into stone stelae that balance on the shell of a stone tortoise. These date from 1450 to 1780
This site is so important to the Vietnamese, who revere education, that they buried the stone tortoises and tables underground during the war so that they would not be damaged by American bombs.
It is a beautiful temple. More than anything else, visiting this temple gave me a feel for the depth, strength, and meaning of Vietnamese culture. There is much, much more to this society than Communism.
From journal Honeymoon in Hanoi