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Temple of King Le Dai Hanh in Hoa Lu

Hoa Lu was the captital of Vientnam from AD 968-1010. This temple was originally constructed in the 11th centrury and reconstructed in 1696. It is arranged in a series of courtyards, buidlings and gates. The temple is dedicated to the founder of the Le Dynasty who seized power, during a period of royal infighting. The back room of the temple is dedicated to Dinh Tien Hoang, in the center, and his sons on the sides. Dinh appointed his infant son (Hang Lang) successor, rather than (Lien) his adult son. In AD 979 Lien sent an assassin to kill his younger brother Hang. Later that year, Dinh Tien Hoang adn Lien were both killed in the palace courtyard as they slept. Canon 7D, Tamron 24-70, 24 mm at 1/40 sec at f/2.8, ISO 1250.

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