The temple of Literature (also known as Van Mieu pagoda) is the largest and most important temple complex in Hanoi. It was built in 1070 by emperor Ly Thanh Tong and is dedicated to Confucius. The complex is arranged from north to south with the main entrance at the southern end in Quoc Tu Giam street. It contains a number of pavilions, gardens, ponds and temple buildings with richly decorated altars.

01 Getting a haircut 02 Main gate 03 Pavilion 04 Square pond
05 Inner court and temples 06 Inner court and temples 07 Roof detail with dragons 08 Temple interior with red pillars
09 Red and golden roof decorations 10 Temple interior with red pillars 11 Incense stick pot 12 Altar with statue of Confucius 13 Red and golden decorations 14 Row of stele
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