One of my favorite parts of traveling through Southeast Asia is that I got the chance to visit temples like I’ve never visited before. Hanoi’s two beautiful temples I visited (Temple of Literature & Ngoc Son Temple) were no exception to this joyful experience.
⋙ THE TEMPLE OF LITERATURE / Văn Miếu – Quốc Tử Giám
This Temple of Confucius was built in the 11th century and was actually Vietnam’s first university. It’s absolutely beautiful and was my first Confucian Temple. This temple was originally made for the rich Vietnamese class to learn to be a lawyer or doctor or another high-ranking job, but it was later opened up to everyone.
The front gate.
The grounds and courtyards here are unbelievable beautiful.
Inside is a Confucian Shrine.
These Confucian scrolls are absolutely stunning. I absolutely loved seeing these tiny characters on these scrolls.
This temple is a really beautiful stop and with an admission price of only $0.89 it’s a must-see!
⋙ NGOC SON TEMPLE
This temple is one of the most visited sites in Hanoi and with good reason. This temple is located on an island in a lake. There’s a myth that the king who conquered Mongolia did so by using a sword brought to him by a giant turtle from the depths of the lake. After he conquered Mongolia, this temple was built in his honor.
To get to this temple, you have to cross onto the island over this beautiful red bridge.
This is a representation of the turtle carrying the sword on his back.
Offerings to the king
The inside of this temple is unbelievable! There are so many offerings and lights and so much attention to detail!
Pardon my water bottle’s perfect reflection, but this is a stuffed lake turtle that is said to have weighed more than 20 pounds.
These two temples that I visited in Hanoi are both very beautiful and at less than a dollar each, it’s worth giving them a visit. I think that exploring temples and talking to people in them is a perfect way to get to know a culture a little bit better.
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