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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 #7 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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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

Perhaps I’m getting a bit jaundiced over temples, etc – same as you get over yet another cathedral in Europe – but this one has a special place in the history of education in Vietnam and thus is worth a visit. It is however a progression of buildings and courtyards which have some significance but to the casual visitor it... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

This is a very popular tour site of Vietnam that dates back centuries ago. Considered as the oldest university in Hanoi, the place is so picturesque that college students in Hanoi use this place to take graduation pictures with their caps and gowns. When you visit there, make sure to stop over at Craftlink nearby to shop for crafts and... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

One of my favourite places in Hanoi. The oldest temple complex in Hanoi, where mandarins were educated for more than 7 centuries from 1070. The names of the scholars were carved on large stones, mounted on tortoise pedestals, and these, now faded with time, are still on display.Ornate gates, red and gold temples, sacred stone turtles and pretty pools. The... More

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Hallam, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

If you don't know the history of this place or have travel book to tell you about it then get yourself a guide. the gardens are well maintained and there is just a vibe about the place but then the day we visited they had groups of Students doing there graduation. as usual with vietnam at the entrance and exist... More

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Lancefield, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

The day we were at the Temple of literature, There were many student graduating , these young people wore their mortar and gown with pride.

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Naha, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

The grounds of this campus are absolutely beautiful and worth visiting; it gives you a bit of insight into the value of academia endemic to Vietnamese ssociety,historically and contemporarily. Overall, I had a wonderful time the day we visited this site, and would recommend it to anyone that has an interest in the university experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

The Temple of Literature is a temple of Confucius where knowledge and wisdom was passed on and honored. In the middle of the hustle and bustle of Hanoi are these grounds. Tho touristy by both visitors and locals, it is a wonderful place to visit and contemplate what it was to be knowledgible. There are numerous courtyards as you walk... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

I loved the Temple of Literature :) it was so tranquil and pretty. And it gave a great insight to the history of Vietnam as well as to the lives of Vietnamese students today. We went there with a guide from Hanoi Free Tour Guides - and she was amazing - so I recommend doing the same. And the venture... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Admission fee is 20,000 dong or smth. Very touristy place. But worth visiting once - I visited it on my one-day tour around Hanoi. Be aware it is very very hot there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Peace and quiet in the middle of all the hustle and bustle of the city. Photo opportunies at every turn!

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