Hanoi – Temple of Literature

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My first day in Vietnam was spent in Hanoi (at least the part not spent in the airport), wandering the streets, getting a feel for the country, and seeing a few of the city’s major sights.

One of the highlights of the city is the Temple of Literature, the site of the first Confucian university in the country. The grounds are beautifully manicured, the buildings open air stone chambers designed to catch the breeze. To western viewers, the temple hardly resembles a college, and of course it is no longer used as such, but it is still the site of many special events. The day I was there, both a photo exhibition and a graduation were making use of the space!

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