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Temple of Literature & National University

Address: Quoc Tu Giam St. | Dong Da District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Phone Number: 04-845-2917
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Ranked #5 of 169 things to do in Hanoi
Type: Religious sites, Colleges & universities, History museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Fee: No
Owner description: The Temple of Literature (Văn Miếu, 文廟) is a temple of Confucius in...
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Type: Religious sites, Colleges & universities, History museums, Sights & Landmarks, 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, 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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Farnham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Parts of this shrine have been rebuilt very well. Very popular with locals and tourists. Read up about the site before you get there as there are no signs to explain things.

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Santa Clara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

You learn how Chinese culture & Confucianism influenced Vietnam's history. Better to have a tour guide.

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Kongsberg, Norway
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Generally speaking main attractions in Hanoi are few and not really worth to visit, but this one seemed to be the best in town. Advertised as ancient and unique, what you get is mostly a new building from 2000 and many shops selling bargains (plus some writers in Chinese style). Besides the two ponds in the complex are completely abandoned... More 

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

You'll find out a lot of things about Confucius here (assumed that you have a good guide tagging along). Calm and tranquil, with nice traditional Vietnamese architecture.

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london
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Inexpensive to enter - very interesting to learn about the early scholars of Hanoi, nice to see so many young school groups visiting and hopefully praying for good marks!

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

There's not much that you must see at this temple. Certainly it still retains certain cultural value due to its history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

An oasis of calm and learning, the first university in Vietnam. Lots of information in English, no guide necessary. Within walking distance of the Old Quarter.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Very relaxing area full of history of the first university. Lot of information on the boards which are in Vietnamese, French and English. Well worth a visit, if only to relax a bit in an oasis of (relative) calm

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Suggest a visit before or after lunch at Koto restaurant ( opposite)which provide training for under privilege youth . Need to know Chinese Culture to appreciate the teaching of Confucius , a Chinese Great Philosopher . Consider a social contribution as the entrance fee is 30,000 Dong

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

It was the last day of Tet holiday and it seemed as though everyone in Hanoi was there. There was some interesting dragon dancing going on, worth going just to see that.

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