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Address: Quoc Tu Giam St. | Dong Da District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Phone Number: 04-845-2917
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: The Temple of Literature (Văn Miếu, 文廟) is a temple of Confucius in Hanoi...
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.
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Lovely escape from the busy streets of Hanoi

We went with our "Hanoi Kids" guides that were very informative. Many things about this place that we would never have known if we went by ourselves. There were hundreds of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Malmo, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

We went with our "Hanoi Kids" guides that were very informative. Many things about this place that we would never have known if we went by ourselves. There were hundreds of students that had graduated and were taking photos all over the place. They were wearing beautiful traditional clothes and it made the visit extra special. I recommend going here,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

When the Normans were invading Britain Hanoi was setting up a university. Beautiful ancient buildings set in lovely landscaping. Don't forget to go around the temple as there is much more to see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

This is a lovely place to visit, quiet away from the huslte & bustle of Hanoi. There's always school children or students there as it is part of their curriculum to visit it at some stage. Nice place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

A lovely temple in the ground of the oldest university in Hanoi. Plenty of photo opportunities. The main gate is beautiful and the drum hall at the back is great. The temple has red lacquered wood inside with several statues. You can light an incense stick and ask for whatever you want. Whether you get it or not is another... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

There is no other place like Văn Miếu Quốc Tử Giám in Hanoi - NONE. This is the first national university of Vietnam. This is where you learn about our culture and tradition - our love and thirst for knowledge as well as our desire to make our family and village proud. Every single stone in the place owns his... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Hard to believe there was a university here in 1070+ when Europeans were still living in skins. the grounds are very nice and they clearly tried to combine this esthetic with a space for learning. you will probably benefit from a guide to translate many of the monuments and inscriptions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

We visited this temple complex on a Saturday afternoon when groups of graduating students were celebrating. It is interesting that current students wish to celebrate their graduation at the First National University of Vietnam, founded in the 11th century! There were some great flower displays and trees. The complex is well preserved.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

The home of confuscious. The feeling of learning was enhanced by many students enjoying their graduation in the beautiful grounds.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

If you go there alone without any guide and local friends it will be dull, boring and not much to see. Better spend time discover other attractions.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We visited the temple of literature on a private guided tour, such an interesting place with amazing history. It really puts Vietnams past into perspective hearing all the stories behind the temple. A must visit for anyone coming to Hanoi!

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