Monday, January 31, 2011

Ngoc Son (Jade Mountain) Temple

On an island in the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake in
central Hanoi, this temple is dedicated to Tran Hung Dao.
Wildlife on chilly Hanoi Lake.
Tran was a 13th C. war hero who lead the Vietnamese in defeating  Mongul Emporer Kubla Khan's invading army of 300,000.  He wrote some treatises on warfare that may well have helped tiny Vietnam later defeat the US.
The lake also is home to these giant water tortoises.

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