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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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Ranked #6 of 99 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Peaceful gardens, lotus ponds. Temples, gardens, courtyards in the heart of a bustling city. Artisans at work creating calligraphy traditional buildings - bronze urns.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

A must visit while in Hanoi, but one of the few places where you'll be harassed by vendors on the entrance. Usually Vietnamese people is not pushy, but here you'll be overwhelmed by people offering you (overpriced) fans, postcards and handicrafts. That's the only thing that I must warn you, besides that, is a very interesting and nice place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Peaceful and spacious. Ancient doors. Nice altars. Has to pay for toilet use even having paid for entrance fee.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The Temple is nice place to rest of many loud motorbikes everywhere. Beautifull garden with old sacred buildings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This is a good place to learn about Vietnam's past and its strong connection to higher education, the quiet you feel inside the walls takes you far away from the hustle, bustle and sounds of the old city just beyond the old walls... a special place of quiet.

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Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

this great palce to visit , the King so nice , the lake at the head of temple have many fishs , i love the to turtle . nice to see , i will recommendation to my family .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Brought here by my tour guide. Is good If u have a tour guide with u to explain the different architecture and history behind.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

One of the most historic and well preserved religious/educational sites in all of Southeast Asia. One of the earliest if not the earliest Universities established in SE Asia, and packed with historical and educational relics. The Temple has undergone a good deal of restoration since we first visited Hanoi 20 years ago, and it has become very user friendly for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is such a unique and interesting stop - very lovely and peaceful as well as fascinating history. Worth the effort to make the trip in a taxi - you won't be sorry.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This is a well preserved part of Vietnam's cultural heritage dating back to the 11th century. We were fortunate to visit on a day that local students were using it to take their graduation ceremony photos, out of respect for the buildings tradition. But even without that, it's an interesting place to visit. Pleasant gardens to walk through, well preserved... More

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