Hanoi: a city with ancient origins.
In 2010, Hanoi’s 1000 birthday is celebrated with a spectacular infusion of color and dance. History tells us that in 1010 A.D Emperor Ly Thai To moves here, establishing a capital, calling it Thang Long, translated as The City of Soaring Dragons.
This is beautifully told by the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater in 57B Dinh Tien Hoanng St, Hoan Keim District (www.thanglongwaterpuppet.org)
The water surface conceals the puppeteers as the puppets glide, jump, dance and dive into the water. It’s unlike anything I have ever seen before,
In 1802 the Emperor Gia Long moves the capital of his dynasty to Hue and Thang Long, is demoted to regional capital.
In 1831 the Emperor Tu Duc renames Thang Long Hanoi, which means bend in the river.
I question how these Emperors can have such absolute power
Pictures: Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
Temple of Literature provides insights.
The Vietnamese trace their roots back to the rice paddy fields in Red River Delta, resisting Chinese domination since 2nd century BC.
The Chinese bring with them a culture rich in Buddhism, Taoism and the principles of Confucianism.
Confucius lives in China between 551 and 495 BC. His doctrines in brief, provide a moral and ethical code of behavior, where rules of conduct are adhered too, absolutely without question.
Photo: Confucius shrine – Van Mieu.
Also, in the Temple of Literature is the University for Mandarins- Quoc Tu Giam.
I will tell you all about it in the next post so stay tuned