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  Temple of Literature

 

Vietnam

The main entrance gate to the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, in northern Vietnam. The temple was first built in the beginning of the 11th century AD, but was later reconstructed various times, and is dedicated to Confucius (fig.), as well as scholars.

 

The name of this Confucian temple draws from the fact that the compound also housed the Imperial Academy, the national central institute of learning during the time of the Chinese dynasties. The Chinese character of the temple is also found in the curved roofs of its buildings (fig.) and the presence of Bi Xi Turtle Steles (fig.), with the names of those successful at the Imperial Examinations. Seen here is Khue Van Cac (fig.), a pavilion and gateway (fig.) located between the second and third courtyard.

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  Temple of Literature