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Temple of Literature & National University

Quoc Tu Giam St. | Dong Da District, Hanoi, Vietnam
04-845-2917
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As featured in 3 days in Hanoi
Ranked #6 of 95 attractions in Hanoi
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Type: Religious Sites, Educational Sites, History Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Temple of Literature (Văn Miếu, 文廟) is a temple of Confucius in Hanoi, northern Vietnam. The temple hosts the "Imperial Academy" (Quốc Tử Giám,... more » Owner description: The Temple of Literature (Văn Miếu, 文廟) is a temple of Confucius in Hanoi, northern Vietnam. The temple hosts the "Imperial Academy" (Quốc Tử Giám, 國子監), Vietnam's first national university. The temple was built in 1070 at the time of King Lý Nhân Tông. It is one of several temples in Vietnam which are dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. The Temple is located to the south of Thang Long Citadel. The various pavilions, halls, statues and stelae of doctors are places where offering ceremonies, study sessions and the strict exams of the Dai Viet took place. The temple is featured on the back of the 100,000 Vietnamese đồng banknote. Just before the Vietnamese New Year celebration Tết, calligraphists will assemble outside the temple and write wishes in Hán characters. The art works are given as gifts or are used as home decorations for special occasions. « less
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

Easily accessible in Hanoi. Very well maintained and lots do history. Provides a good introduction to Vietnamese history and education.

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Hoi An, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This place was dedicated to Confucius and other scholars and was a very interesting place to visit. Firstly the gardens are beautifully laid out and the topiaries were very skilfully done. The temple itself is very old, intricate and beautiful.

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Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I like all about this temple, this is the first univerity of hanoi vietnam. here you can feel the pass of culture

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This is a fabulous escape from the hectic streets and well worth taking a walk around. Very much enjoyed our visit and well worth taking the time out to have a look around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Spacious and beautiful. Crowded - but no more than other popular sites would be. Stunning architecture. Well worth an extended visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Excellent gardens with lovely buildings. Worth a visit to soak up the atmosphere. Very busy as is Hanoi generally.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This was the first attraction I went to see in Hanoi and was, of course, really impressed by the building as I'd not seen anything like it before. The Hanoians are very proud of this temple and it's very well looked after.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I visited with a guide from HanoiKids, who was typical of the striving students coming here to bring good fortune to their studies. Education is highly prized in Vietnam and woe to those who don't do well on the exams. In front of the various shrines are offerings of fruit and snack cakes, and students reverently bowing their heads. The... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is a lovely place to wander through and learn something about the education system in Vietnam a long time ago. The complex has 5 courtyards which you can freely wander through. Don't miss the stone tortoise stelae. If there aren't too many tourists is a nice place to get a way from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

A lot of graduates taking pictures here, they are friendly and don't mind you taking pictures of/with them.

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