Vietnam's cultural ties with China

( ) Updated: 2015-11-05 13:51:54

President Xi Jinping is paying a state visit to Vietnam from today. As Vietnam shares a border with China, it has been influenced by Chinese culture to some extent. Many traditional customs in Vietnam are influenced by Chinese traditions, Chinese TV dramas are quite popular here, and "made in China" goods are often seen in Vietnam.

1. Students worship Confucius before Vietnamese gaokao
Vietnam's cultural ties with China

Temple of Literature (Confucius Temple) in Hanoi was first built in 1070 by Vietnamese emperor Ly Thanh Tong who advocated Confucianism. All members of the imperial house throughout Vietnamese history have studied here since then. [Photo from Vietnamese media]

Vietnam's cultural ties with China

Students dry lucky characters "Deng Ke (Pass the exam)" in the Temple of Literature in Vietnam. Nowadays, before the college entrance examination (gaokao), many students in Vietnam will go to the Temple of Literature to pray for good luck, and beg for lucky characters from "Mr Calligraphy" in the temple. [Photo from Vietnamese media]

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