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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 96 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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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Although rated as one of the top sights in Hanoi, the Temple of Literature is on a much smaller scale to similar palaces in China, Korea or Japan (although based on the same courtyard concept). A pleasant sight and worth viewing but with limited opportunity to stand out for those who have seen other layouts of this nature. Of course,... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Don't miss it. Great history behind it....students go there to pray for good results in their exams...and many many good photo opportunities, nice grounds too amongst the shady trees on a hot day

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

An interesting site, cool to imagine the oldest university having stood here and Ho Chi Minh having looked at the exact same things as us!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

An interesting site, cool to imagine the oldest university having stood here and Ho Chi Minh having looked at the exact same things as us. Temple of literature has great architecture. If you want to take a wonderful photo, let's come here

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Springs, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Basically a temple dedicated to Confuscias with some lovely gardens around. This is one of the nicer things to see around Hanoi. The iconic symbol of this temple are stone tablets standing on the backs of turtles- the names of the graduate mandarins who have passed their examinations over the centuries.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Van Mieu, the Temple of Literature, was Hanoi's oldest university. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius. Emperor Le Thanh Tong declared that stelae should be placed for everybody being conferred a doctorate; therefore you find inscriptions of 1304 doctor laureates in the temple placed on the back of a tortoise. Coming here, you might see many Vietnamese students visiting... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This is more of an emblematic place for Vietnam, rather than a place with interesting facts. It is the oldest and most elite university, therefore having 1000 years of history. Its architecture is average and the gardens are well preserved.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Very nice place to see. A kind of university. It is a good place to go to relax and get out of the crowds of the old quarter. You can chill in the beautiful gardens. Worth the entrance fee

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We went here last 10th of August 2014 with my partner by a tour guide. So I appreciated the temple because it looked different what I have been used to see in Thailand. When we went further into the temple we saw some performers of the Vietnamese musical instruments so, we let them do and perform the music by using... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Our Hanoi city tour(self guided) morning part came to an end after visiting Temple of Literature. Since the Ho Chi Minh House has strict opening times we started our trip from there and came here before lunch. Architecture of this building was somewhat influenced by Chinese Architecture hence the buildings looked different to others in Vietnam. If you don't have... More

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