Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Temples and Tombs

Whenever people travel to Europe, I joke about there being nothing to see except castles and cathedrals. Well, the Asian equivalents are temples and tombs. In 14 days, we saw some of both.

This picture was taken at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi. The temple was founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius. It is the oldest education facility in Vietnam. For centuries it was the university for scholars aspiring to become to officials at the royal court.

It is still used by students today to make prayers and offerings for good luck on their exams. The incense in this dragon altar was placed there by college age students that were about to start exams that week.

For more information about the Temple, click this link.

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