Saturday, May 07, 2005

Hanoi at Night

We didn't waste time to taste the life in Hanoi Vietnam, although it's late at night. Here seen busy traffic even at night in Hanoi Old Quarter Hoan Kiem district.

Hoan Kiem Lake (the Lake of Restored Sword), name derived from a 15th century legend of a magic turtle who loaned a scared sword to Le Loi (or Lee Thai To), the nobleman who led the Vietnamese against the invading Ming army. Following the momentous victory, the emperor was sailing on the lake when the magic golden turtle appeared to take back the charmed sword which secured the victory and restored it to the lake from whence it came.

The red, arched wooden Huc (Sunbeam) Bridge that leads to Ngoc Son Temple (Ben Ngoc Son), which built in the early 19th century on a small island on the foundation of the old Khanh Thuy Palace which itself was built in 1739, and is dedicated to Van Xuong, the God of Literature, although the 13th century hero Tran Hung Dao, the martial arts genius Quan Vu and the physician La To are also worshipped here.

Some Vietnamese prayed at a shrine in front of the Huc Bridge and Ngoc Son Temple, at night.


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