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.
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