148/365 June 2010: Temple of Literature in Hanoi

On Sunday we visited the Temple of Literature in Hanoi.  For around 1000  years this was the place scholars in Vietnam came to study and take their exams.  

The temple was bustling. Shortly after entering I was approached by these students who wanted to practice their English. We discussed our names, where we are from, where we have visited and what we had for breakfast.  It turns out we all ate pho for breakfast. I was pleased they could understand my Minnesota accent.  They seemed delighted that we understood each other.

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This tower on the temple grounds is an icon of Hanoi.

 

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These turtles carry stone tablets on their back. The tablets are inscribed with the names of all the scholars who have ever passed the exams.  

 

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