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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Good attraction to learn more about the history of Vietnam. I had the benefit of having a guide arranged by the travel desk in Sheraton Hanoi, named Duc, he spoke good English, made all teh difference. Really learn quite a lot of interesting fact about how the Royal family promoted education and followed confucius as a role model for princes... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Beautiful landscape. Maintained well. Scenic pictures with ancient sculptures, lake and nice flowers.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

It is not something to do... The price is not expensive, but u was expecting something big ! There is nothing to see, nothing to do ...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

I booked a guide through hanoikids.com and it was well worth the one-on-one tour. Vietnam's first university reeks of history and ancient wisdom.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

I am not sure how it works, but we were lucky enough to be there while many students were taking graduation pictures. I have noticed other reviewers posting the same thing, so I can only guess that there is a small group daily that receives their certificates (we were there at about 11am). The grounds are lovely and it is... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Fascinating due to age however without an English speaking guide, we would not have gained an understanding of the University

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 via mobile

This place is such a beautiful sight to see. The new section is very modern and beautiful and as you work through it is more traditional and offers temples and beautiful landscapes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The Temple of Literature is the oldest university in Hanoi I think. It is beautiful and so peaceful - really good place to go to if you want a break from the hustle & bustle of Hanoi. It's really well laid out with gardens, ponds and pagodas. The pagodas are so ornate and colourful - absolutely stunning

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Valby, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We went to the temple as part of our Hanoi highlight tour. It is a beautiful temple with a lot of history and is very well preserved. One of Hanoi's must see

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Nice place to walk around and spend some time. Aside from the temple, there is a park to the left of the entrance, and a few food & juice stalls to the left. Overall, a really nice spot to spend an afternoon.

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