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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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As featured in 3 days in Hanoi
Ranked #9 of 103 attractions in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This place is one of the oldest buildings in Hanoi and is the oldest university in Viet Nam. There is not much in English on the boards though there is some information. But you might need a guide to get the most from your visit. In the third of five courtyards are rows of stelae on the backs of stone... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

As classically trained visitors, my partner and I were very excited to visit this temple, but we were quite disappointed. There is not really any particular thing that sets it out to be a Temple of Literature rather than any other kind of temple, though it was generally pleasant to look through. With a title as powerful as this, we... More

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Banbury
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

On the day we visited the area was awash with young Vietnamese student in their graduation gowns. The temple of literature is well worth a visit both for its history and also architecture in its five areas.

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Beechworth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

What a place in the heart of Hanoi. Confushious being one of the scholars that studied here. Beautiful old buildings, gardens and relics of years gone past. It was a lovely wander thru this huge place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The day (March 26 2014) my wife visited many graduations were taking place. Beautiful gardens, small lovely lake. Most enjoyable place to visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

One of the oldest buildings in Hanoi is this Confucian temple, it is also the oldest university in Vietnam - founded in 1070. There is not much in English once you are here so you might need a guide, or read up before you turn up. There are five consecutive courtyards, in the third one are row upon row of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is a must see place in Hanoi! Unfortunately we didnt have a guide . I would recommend you get one. The history of learning and education is amazing and the peaceful setting a welcome relief from the busyness of the streets of Hanoi.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Well it's a temple, but there's not much literature. I didn't see a single book. Really they need some signs to explain what you are actually looking at. Still it only costs a dollar to visit so it's worth a look if your in the area, I just wouldn't go out of my way to see it. Actually I googled... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

We walked here from the old quarter, took a bit of time, but getting there was interesting along the way. We went earlier in the morning, around 10 as we had been there another day, after just walking around to see the sights and got there around 11:30, but after seeing all the BIG tour buses there, we passed. So,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Spent an exhilirating hour there whilst hundreds of graduands were excitedly having their photos taken for their year books. A great place to visit. Vietnam has a history to rival anywhere, and this is a major part of their cultural heritage. Don't misss it.

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