Dedicated to scholars and sages, the Temple of Literature founded in the year 1070 by King Ly Nhan Tong proudly projects itself as a national monument in Hanoi, Vietnam. Regarded as a temple of Confucius, the premises must be considered for a tour to learn of how life was in the past and those staying at Hanoi serviced apartments in its vicinity would be able to marvel at its grandeur and beauty. Of all the executive apartments Hanoi is known for, Somerset West Lake Hanoi must be given some thought when searching for a place to stay in the city.
Denoting the architectural styles of many a dynasty, the temple is complete with alluring courtyards and a series of relics which attract travellers from all corners of the globe. Found at the south of the Thang Long Citadel, the temple also features some halls, pavilions and was where the strict examinations of the Dai Vet were held. The 1st national university of Vietnam, namely the Imperial Academy is built on its premises while holidaymakers must not miss out on a tour of the Well of Heavenly Clarity which is decorated in colourful flowers. The Constellation of Literature Pavilion found in the 2nd courtyard resembles present day Hanoi while the 116 steles of carved blue stone turtles which part of the Stelae of Doctors features the names of every successful student who excelled at the royal exams. Altars made and dedicated to Confucius and his many disciples are on show and must definitely be examined when touring this impressive cultural icon of Vietnam. The temple premises also featured on the 5th leg of the 22nd edition of the world famous Amazing Race.
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