Photo: The elaborate entrance into University for Mandarins- Quoc Tu Giam.
In the 15th Century sees the introduction of the practice of carving names of new graduates onto stones slabs.
Photo: Carving names of new graduates from 1694 until 1736
Today, proud graduates still go to the university to have their photographs taken and for some to have their names included on the book of scholars.
Photo: proud graduate in University for Mandarins.
Note to Self
Hanoi is one big city. Of about 6.5 million people, so please accept my rendition as a glimpse of a tiny proportion of it.
Hopefully you will find it as a useful Tour Guide nonetheless.
In the next few blogs, I will share my experience The Old Quarter and its 36 Streets; The Museum of Ethnology; Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Tai Chi.
I hope as a guest to this beautiful city I will do justice, to its past and its people who warmly welcomed us with stories and cups of fresh green tea by the roadside.