Topic 6: Describe a historical place in your country.
You should say:
Well, the historical building I had a chance to visit is the Temple of Literature, which is one of the most famous old structures in Vietnam, and a must-see travel destination for almost all visitors who arrive in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.
The temple was built in 1070 at the time of King Ly Thanh Tong. Then, it was reconstructed during the Tran dynasty (1225 - 1400) and in subsequent dynasties.
The temple is located to the south of Thang Long Castle. This building is extremely well preserved and is a superb example of traditional-style Vietnamese architecture. It shows one of the most typical architectural stylesin Vietnam, composed of wood and tiles. Along the paths are hundred-year-old trees that have witnessed ups and downs of history.
I'd like to talk about the Temple of Literature for a few reasons. Firstly, the Temple of Literature is an amazing and magnificent building. It is one of a several temples in Vietnam with "Quoc TuGiam" or the Imperial. Academy, which was built inside the temple. The stone statues and inscriptions dotted throughout the temple still retain many of their original features as the most renowned landmark of academia in Vietnam. I've been there once to visit and explore the Vietnam's first national university. Visiting the Temple of Literature, which has now become a memorial to education and literature, I have discovered historical buildings in a revered place that saw thousands of doctor’s graduate.
Besides, I also feel that the Temple of Literature is the symbol of Vietnamese culture. Originally the university only accepted aristocrats, the elite, and royal family members as students before eventually opening its doors to brighter "commoners". Successful graduates had their names engraved on a stele which can be found on top of the stone turtles. That's why we're all proud of this ancient structure.
This historical site is ranked as one of Hanoi's most important cultural places and is steeped in Vietnamese history. I'm convinced that if you ever go there, you'll definitely be impressed and amazed. Those are the reasons why when it comes to old buildings, the Temple of Literature is the first one that comes up into my mind
- Why do people visit historical places?
- Do you think reading about a historical place has any advantages over actually visiting it?
- What types of historic places do people in your country most often visit?
- How do you promote historical places in your country?
- Do many people in your country visit historical buildings?
- In general, what types of historical buildings do most people visit?
- Why do they visit these buildings?
- What do people learn from visiting these buildings?
- What gives people the idea of visiting a historical building? (Or: Where do they get information about historical buildings?)
- What kinds of people (e.g., ages) like to visit historic buildings?
- What do you think are the differences between actually visiting a historic place and reading about it in a book (or seeing pictures of it on the internet)?
- Do you think people should have to pay to visit these historic buildings?
- Do you think these historic buildings should be preserved (or, reparations should be made to these buildings)?
Paying for the Maintenance of Historic Buildings
- Who do you think should pay for these reparations (or, to preserve these buildings)?
- (Similar to above) Who do you think should be responsible for the maintenance and repair of historic buildings?
- Do you think the government should pay for (= has a responsibility to pay for) the maintenance and repair of historic buildings?
- Do you think the government (i.e., everyone, via taxes) should pay for this or should the visitors pay for it?
- Which do you think is better, having the government own and pay for the maintenance of historic buildings or having private investors owning the buildings and paying for for the maintenance?
- Why do students study history in school?
- (Similar to above) We should people learn about (or, study) history?
- Do you think learning about history has any benefits for children (or, young people)?
- How do you think teachers could make history lessons more interesting?