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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 #7 of 100 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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Puchong, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

It is quite far away from old quarter, we take quite some time to walk there. The whole temple is big, spacious, good architecture and gardening.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Was impressed by the oldest university of hanoi . there was a book exhibition going on and was very happy to see a group of students to come there and take pictures and be associated with their history.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Deep history from Confucious times- early university for the rulers family. A tranquil spot in Hanoi with ancient temples, courtyards and statues. A pity more not in English but definitely get a guide anyway.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Beautiful garden, atmosphere of poetry and literature, Good souvenirs. Graduation ceremonies interesting and colorful.

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Northern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

This is a Confucian temple and very different from Buddhist temples we saw in Laos and other parts of Vietnam. Much of it is built of wood, and a red and gold color scheme predominates.It seems to have more Chinese influence, and the fact that it was one of the first universities is very interesting. We loved the stone turtles... More

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Thames Ditton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Nice gardens and courtyards which you walked through, with some old and some well restored parts. Your guide or a good guidebook is the key to understanding your time here, and the history attached to it, both religious and educational.

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Bunbury, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We visited this site with a guide as part of a day tour. It was very helpful as he explained the history of the Temple of Literature and the University. The buildings are interesting and gardens around are lovely. They were setting up for a big Book Festival while we were there and there were groups of students having photos... More

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Perhaps I've been travelling too long and have seen too many other amazing temples as I found this one only okay - borderline boring to be honest. It has some pretty garden displays but the structures themselves were average. There were so many people here too so you couldn't look properly or take decent photos. Maybe you'd learn more from... More

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Worth seeing but needs to be better cared for as similar historical sights in other countries ( eg Thailand ) are well maintained by comparison. Having said that, It costs very little to get in and is one of the main historical sights in Hanoi.

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

I saw the site from the back and I saw this huge bell housed in a wooden structure. I immediately got excited and had to walk a block to enter the site. It's a great collection of old buildings and the story behind it makes it more interesting.

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