Monday, April 16, 2007

Why visit Pagodas and Temples in Hanoi, Vietnam? - Part 2

This is part II of the series of Pagodas and Temples in Hanoi.

The small and quiet gateway and peaceful, simple garden create a tranquil approach to this pagoda. An old tale that it used to be the palace of Princess Tu Hoa, who came here to raise silkworm, grow the mulberry trees that feed them and weave the silk they made. She named the area Tam Tang (silkworm and mulberry farm), which was later changed to Nghi Tam, the name it is still known by today.

As soon as you walk through the Great Portico with its bronze engraving identifying it as Van Mieu, you understand that this was a centre of Confucianism and a school for educating talented scholars. Located at the south of the Imperial citadel and surrounded by ancient walls, the Temple of Literature was built in August, year Canh Tuat - Than Vu2 (SEPT,1070). Dedicated to the worship of Confucius and the study of princes, it was later opened to good students throughout the nation and to the royal family.

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