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Temple Hopping in Hanoi, Vietnam

Temples again? Well, yeah. In almost every country we go to, it is almost a must to see a temple or church or two. Religion is a very huge part of culture. I am not religious, mind you, but I find that getting a feel of a people’s religion is essential to understanding who they are. And yes, I find them beautiful too.

It’s a pity I don’t have my travel notes on hand right now *sniff* so this will be more of a photo journey. Nevertheless, enjoy.

Our first stop, and one of the most popular in Hanoi: Temple of Literature.

The Temple of Literature, or Van Mieu, is a temple of Confucius in Nothern Vietnam. It is built in 1070 and is one several temples dedicated to Confucius. (info from Wikipedia)

There’s a huge lake in the middle.

Vietnamese kids were playing around and they didn’t mind me taking photos of them so I took the opportunity.

The area surrounding the lake.

A popular photo spot. Try googling “Temple of Literature”.

Old things and textures.

A kid once again!

Pigeons.

Right outside, you can buy some Vietnamese souvenirs like this happy guy right here. A monk I suppose?

One of my favorites is the Tran Quoc Pagoda. For some reason, the place felt more tranquil and “real”.

Believe it or not, this is the oldest pagoda in the city. Wanna guess the age? 1,400 years.

A local excitedly pointed me to the best spot to take a photo of the whole structure.

There you go. Part 3 of the Hanoi series. Also check out Hanoi, Vietnam: Museums and other Sights and The Streets of Hanoi in Black and White.

So, what do you think?

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