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Temple of Literature & National University

Address: Quoc Tu Giam St. | Dong Da District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Phone Number: 04-845-2917
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Ranked #4 of 90 Attractions in Hanoi
Type: Religious Sites, Educational Sites, History Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: The Temple of Literature (Văn Miếu, 文廟) is a temple of Confucius in...
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Type: Religious Sites, Educational Sites, History Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

So interesting, should be one of the first things to visit in Hanoi. The Temple of Literature was the first university in Vietnam, dating from XI century. Beautiful spots for photos

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

It was great to visit this place and learn more about how and what the students learnt here, also the site itself is quite impressive. However, some important information is missing and most of it is in Vietnamese. Still recommend this place.

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Peyia, Cyprus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Yes this is one of the must see temples in Hanoi. It is better to visit in the afternoon as it is quieter an you have more space and are not pushed along by other groups. The temple is very interesting and our guide was excellent with all the information he shared.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

A bit far walking from the centre of old quarter.. Went there by bike and it got parking space as well.. 30,000VND ticket for adult.. The temple itself is very beautiful.. One thing that is kinda make me dissapointed is the translation on the relics itself.. No English..

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Not that extraordinary place but nice! If anyone visit Hanoi then this is one of the recommended place! I liked the surroundings and entrance of this temple!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

beautiful gardens go early in the morning to avoid the tourists. good place to relax and go back in time

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Perfect gateway from busy Hanoi. Peaceful, quiet, highly symbolic. Touristy so avoid potential scams...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This site is dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. It has five courtyards each with its own points of interest. The main shrine dedicated to Confucius was impressive and for us unexpected. Be prepared to spend about an hour wandering the grounds and absorbing the history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Without a tour guide or some prior knowledge, this wouldn't be very interesting for the average tourist. We had a guide with the two of us and he was able to explain the layout of the site, the traditions, the meanings and purposes of each building etc and it meant we had a great understanding by the end of it.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

My husband loved this attraction more than I. It is worth popping by and is not expensive so why not.

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