At the top of the Great Middle Gate, there are two of the carp symbol in the waves. This is the story of “Carp turning into a dragon”
Carp turning into a dragon image in the top of the Great Middle Gate
Each year, carps swim upstream against the river’s strong. But few are capable and patience enough for the final leap over the waterfall (or Dragon gate). When a carp over the gate, it must be transformed into a dragon.
Carp turning into a dragon
The dragon was the exclusive symbol of the King, kindness - powerful and wealthy. The story was used as a metaphor for the scholars. In this Temple of Literature, the scholars had a chance to do that. They had to work hard, try their best to succeed in the Đình examinations. The top of scholars had the promotion and became a man of the King official. They could be named in the Stelae - a carp was turned into a dragon.
Nowadays, the image of dragon carp is still being a symbol of prosperity, advancement in the study and development in business.
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