We continued our visit at the National University. We entered the fourth courtyard and the altar to Confucius shown here. I have added the plaque which gives a good outline as to how kind and clever the gentleman was.
The turtles outside the altar are associated with the graduates of the University. The golden turtle below can be found right beside Confucius. I did some research and there are plenty of photos of the golden turtle but I did not find its direct association. So I can only assume it may celebrate the Confucius students that first accompanied him in his travels.
As we continued our tour of Hanoi at the Quoc Tu Giam National University, we stopped to view some of the impressive Bonsai plants.
You can see that the plants are arranged in an island format. Each one seemed to suggest a different story
Here we are at the National University, Quoc Tu Giam. Established in 1076. The Temple of Literature refers to the Temple of Confucius. Very serene.
The plaque describes some of the activities. Second photo is one of the Khue Van Pavilion leading to the second courtyard.
My friend is in front of the Third Courtyard of the temple with the Thien Quang well.
Turtle Steles lists names of graduates.
My friend and I did a tour around Hoam Kiem Lake. At night the lights come on around the lake and the area fills with people out for a social stroll.
We managed to find a nice place to have a beer while the everyone swirled around. The weather was fantastic. We spent a couple days of touring around city while waiting for the bike tour to start.
We did a bit of wandering one night. The multicolored street night life was quite exotic. And agressive. I had to disentangle myself several times from the various people that would not take no for an answer.
We eventually had to get out of there intact and get back on to the main street. This was a bit more calm with some nice music and of course the local beer.
The outdoor restaurants and markets in Bangkok were fantastic. Here we went to potentially best restaurant in Bangkok to sample some of the wares. We were slightly warned off eating at the outdoor restaurants. We never encountered any food problems throughout the entire trip.
Before Cambodia, Brent and I did a preliminary walking tour through Bangkok. Even Ronald MacDonal was culturally appropriated. No, we never ate there. There are any number of temples in the city. A few amazing ones coming up.