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“Ok for half an hour”

Temple of Literature & National University
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Ranked #16 of 288 things to do in Hanoi
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed February 16, 2013

This is an important venue to the residents of Hanoi, but there's not a huge amount to see here. The original features were interesting, such as an enormous gnarled tree and some sunken enclosed pools. There's various large stone ornaments fashioned like turtles (but look like tombstones). Sadly none of the guide text is in English, so I can only guess what these were.

I strongly recommend you do not go during Tet (Chinese New Year). This is a traditional place of worship, and the place was rammed full to the point of it being annoying. We had a quick whizz round and decided to leave as there was little to see, and trying to navigate the massive crowds was not much fun

Thank Paul C
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

Pretty run down but the red Buddhas at the back make for good photos. Shouldn't be high on your list, but worth a visit.

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Reviewed February 12, 2013

This is the way it was in the mandarin tradition. You feel as though you are in a place of learning. The stele are interesting. We loved seeing the students dressed up for their grad ceremony, the girls were and absolute picture of elegance and all so happy

Thank David B
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

We hooked on to the back of some other people's guided tours & realised you can't enjoy the full value of this place without one. Lots to learn & appreciate.

Thank Belinda M
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

A beautiful garden with superb early stone carvings.
The tortoise, the symbol of learning stood proud surveying the gentle walk ways. A must.

Thank journeywoman57
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