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  Dinh Tien Hoang Temple

 

Vietnam

Dinh Tien Hoang Temple at Hoa Lu (fig.), the ancient capital, as well as the economic, political and cultural centre of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries, near Truong Yen Thuong village in Ninh Binh.

 

The shrine is dedicated to the first Vietnamese emperor Dinh Bo Lin (fig.) and designated after his posthumous name, which translates as ‘First Dinh Emperor’.

 

  Dinh Tien Hoang Temple

 

  Dinh Tien Hoang Temple

 

The temple's entrance doors have high thresholds, known in Chinese as men kan. This is meant to force anyone who enters to look down in order to step over it and in the process bending ones head and as such bows in respect. In a similar fashion, the garden path has downward curved edges (fig.) as it is believed in feng shui that curved lines ward off evil spirits.

 

In addition, this makes the person walking in the centre, i.e. the king or emperor, somewhat more elevated, while the subordinates who walk on the sides have to bow their in order to see where to step.

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  Dinh Tien Hoang Temple