Entering the temple
The temple's third courtyard is filled with stone stelae which were constructed from 1484 on and represent an incredible historical resource, describing the philosophy, history, culture, education, society, and sculpture of the period. Each stela is a joint project of scholars, craftsmen, and caligraphers. This courtyard also contains 116 turtle stelae with the names and birthplaces of all 1307 graduates of the university.
Courtyard of stelae
The fourth courtyard of the temple holds displays, alters, and sculptures dedicated to Confucius and seventy-two of his most-honored disciples.
Fourth courtyard, Confucius
The Imperial University was created as a fifth courtyard of the temple in 1076 and the courtyard is now dedicated to the three emperors who contributed most to the foundation of the temple and the university (Lý Thánh Tông, Lý Nhân Tông, and Lê Thánh Tông)
In the fifth courtyard
The temple courtyard is hosting a concert and the stage is filled with brightly-costumed singers, dancers, and musicians.
It's time to leave this beautiful, peaceful place and head back into the busy city streets.