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Address: Quoc Tu Giam St. | Dong Da District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Phone Number: 04-845-2917
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: The Temple of Literature (Văn Miếu, 文廟) is a temple of Confucius in Hanoi...
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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This is History! The Temple of Literature was founded in the year 1070, and was dedicated to the Chinese Philosopher, CONFUCIOUS. In 1076, it became Vietnam's 1st University... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This is History! The Temple of Literature was founded in the year 1070, and was dedicated to the Chinese Philosopher, CONFUCIOUS. In 1076, it became Vietnam's 1st University. An archeological study has found that the majority of the site belongs to Ly (1010-1225) and Tran (1225 - 1400), it really is very old. There are side passages between the five... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

There is a temple at the inner grounds where many Vietnamese belief one could excel in studies after praying at the temple. Worth a visit & a short walk away from old quarters or Hoan Kiem lake.

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

A good place to visit if you have a guide. It would have been of limited interest without one. There was a poetry completion on whilst we were there so there were lots of local people in there regional costumes which was interesting. (Did not stay for the poetry)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Had a guide who explained the history of the place which made it very interesting. They had a group playing their traditional instruments inside, which was entertaining. The place has a very peaceful atmosphere and can get some nice pictures. One can spend about an hour going through the place. Nice bit of history and nice place to visit.

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Narre Warren, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

As it was New Year it was a busy place but still a must to go visit. Very spiritual and interesting to learn about their culture. Entry is only about $1.00

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed our visit. Spent about 2 hours here with our student guide and really enjoyed walking the beautiful park like setting and the temples. Our guide pointed out lots of examples of the Ying/Yang symbolism used throughout the sites buildings and landscape. I didn't see any signs in English so might be best to come with a guide or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

After a tiring days hectic schedule I visited this place and relaxed here. If you really want to learn a few basic things its better of you search the internet and read the history of it before visiting or to save you the time reading through the literature you may hire a guide. Its not expensive. Some 20-30 USD will... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I fell in love with this amazing space. The temple grounds are generally filled with University Students and Tourists but if you go early you can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. There are lots of gates and little ponds to check out and tours for a fee but you will learn loads about the city and the space. It is the... More 

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Dartmoor National Park, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

If you have the time to visit I would...very interesting place with great photo opportunities. Great temple at the end of several areas you walk through to get there. A guide is recommended as not many signs explain everything in English, however, I did hear several different stories about the same items from two different guides...so may be go with... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This precious monument is well worth a visit. Anyone who is ever been to university will marvel at the scerenity of this temple complex, and how it must have been an extraordinary experience to study Confuscianism here. If at all possible, avoid the days when Vietnamese families celebrate graduations, as it can get very busy.

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