The Temple of Literature was founded in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong to honour those of high academic achievement.
Vietnam’s first university was established here 6 years later…
I think these photos were taken inside the Thai Hoc courtyard within the temple.

Temple of Literature, Thai Hoc Courtyard, Hanoi, Vietnam - red gates

Temple of Literature, Thai Hoc Courtyard, Hanoi, Vietnam - aerial view of roof

Temple of Literature, Thai Hoc Courtyard, Hanoi, Vietnam - wide angle

Temple of Literature, Thai Hoc Courtyard, Hanoi, Vietnam - ceramic dolls

Temple of Literature, Thai Hoc Courtyard, Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnamese musicians

Later that night, we were taken to Nha Hang Banh Tom Ho Tay (shrimp cake restaurant).

 Nha Hang Banh Tom Ho Tay (Shrimp Cake restaurant), Hanoi, Vietnam

The shrimps were tiny and horrendously soaked in oil… these cool cucumbers provided a lovely crisp cut-through.

 Nha Hang Banh Tom Ho Tay (Shrimp Cake restaurant), Hanoi, Vietnam - greens

 Nha Hang Banh Tom Ho Tay (Shrimp Cake restaurant), Hanoi, Vietnam - fried corn

Bryan also had some fried corn… in which he sneaked off a couple sharing our table.

 Nha Hang Banh Tom Ho Tay (Shrimp Cake restaurant), Hanoi, Vietnam - water view at night

And… this is where I slept that night! 🙂

Holidays Hanoi Hotel, Vietnam - my room


Nha Hang Banh Tom Ho Tay

Shrimp cake restaurant
Tel: +84 (04) 8293737
Holidays Hanoi Hotel
27 Quoc Tu Giam Street, Hanoi
Tel: +84 (04) 7474106
Web: www.holidays-hanoi.vn

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.