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Van Mieu Gate Temple of Literature

Today we had the entire day for the Vietnamese capital. Most sights are in walking distance, so that's what we did. Passing lake Hoan Kiem we soon arrived at the biggest colonial building of the city: St. Josef cathedral. Build by the French I thought to see the Notre Dame of Paris..

Highlight of the city and "must see" is the Temple of Literature. The oldest building of Hanoi was erected in honour of the chinese philosopher Confucius in 1070 BC and exits of 5 courtyards behind the Van Mieu entrance gate. Eye catchers are the Khue Van Cac gate, the turtle group, the temple and altare of Confucius and Thien Quang Tinh (well of Heaven Clarity).

Mr. Lenin looks towards the museum for war history and the flag tower, which gives nice views of the city. Unfortunately it was closed on our arrival. Dien Bien Phu street goes directly to the parade grounds and the mausoleum with the body of Nguyen Tat Thanh, aka Ho Chi Min. Contrary to his last will he was not cremated but balsemed and put on exibition...

Vikram says:
Did you do all this on your own? How safe is the country to walk about on your own?
Posted on: Dec 30, 2009
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Van Mieu Gate Temple of Literature
Van Mieu Gate Temple of Literature
Hanoi room with a view
Hanoi room with a view
Hanoi room with a view
Hanoi room with a view
Hanoi street
Hanoi street
Hanoi commerce
Hanoi commerce
Hanoi commerce
Hanoi commerce
No helmet for children...
No helmet for children...
Flower transport
Flower transport
Pomelo, pomelo
Pomelo, pomelo
Lonely headed bicycle
Lonely headed bicycle
Sssst
Sssst
Dreaming of the 80s
Dreaming of the 80s
Hanoi haircut
Hanoi haircut
Big ears
Big ears
Lenin square
Lenin square
Vladimir in Hanoi
Vladimir in Hanoi
Flag tower
Flag tower
Ho Chi Min mausoleum
Ho Chi Min mausoleum
Ho Chi Min mausoleum
Ho Chi Min mausoleum
Lawn cutting
Lawn cutting
St Josef Cathedral
St Josef Cathedral
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Khue Van Cac
Khue Van Cac
Thien Quang Tinh
Thien Quang Tinh
Thien Quang Tinh
Thien Quang Tinh
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
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