The Temple of Literature is one of Hanoi's most popular and most enduring landmarks. Located in the center of the city, the Temple is actually a series of courtyards arranged from south to north, with a large pond in the center courtyard separating the park-like courtyards in the south from the temples and shops in the north.
Despite the “temple” in the name, the Temple of Literature is not a religious site. The site represents almost a millennium of Confucian tradition, an ethic of governance inherited from the Chinese and continued until the 20th century.
The high brick walls and the shade trees help isolate the interior of the Temple of Literature from the bustling city outside; the sound of traffic outside is muted to the point that you almost forget you're right in the middle of downtown Hanoi!
For more information on this Hanoi landmark, read the article: Temple of Literature - Hanoi, Vietnam