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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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Cropston, United Kingdom
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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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Tucson, Arizona
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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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London, United Kingdom
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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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Bathurst
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The gardens are beautiful - we were very lucky to see graduates having their photos taken and they were only too happy to have a chat.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I initially wasn't sure if we should visit the Temple of Literature, but when I found out it was a _1000_ year old learning institution? Definitely worth a stop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The Temple of Literature (Van Mieu) was founded in 1070 by Emperor Ly Tranh Tong, and is a shrine to the Chinese philosopher Confucius. It was also the location for Vietnam’s first university and became known as a temple due to the close link between learning and religion. Must see is the third courtyard where you can see steles honoring... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Vietnam's historical commitment to excellence in education is well chronicled at this interesting and easily digested museum. The beautiful gardens, alone, are worth the trip.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

When you have been walking the busy streets of Hanoi's Old Quarter for some time, it feels like a relaxation to enter the first University of Hanoi. The courtyards are beautiful, and it is possible to learn about student life as it was 1000 years ago. It is definitely a place worth seeing while visiting Hanoi. l

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