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Temple of Literature & National University
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London, United Kingdom
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“Peaceful”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

it was very hot today when we visited so were not really in the mood for sight seeing. We've also seen many other much grander and similar temples in China before, so this was small by comparison. Having said that, once you enter it, you do feel quite removed from the chaos outside and can feel the peaceful surroundings. I think if you are interested in the history of it, it will be very good, otherwise you don't need to spend more than half an hour here.

Visited May 2013
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“Interesting”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

A really nice morning if you can spare the time. The temple grounds are split into 5 parts and it is a very peaceful place to look around and image all the students who have passed through the college. I wish I had had some more information to hand when we first arrived to make sense of what we were looking at, but overall a peaceful way to spend the morning in hectic Hanoi.

Visited April 2013
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“A beautiful oasis.”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

We first visited the Literature Temple six years ago and learned the history of the complex. Today we returned to enjoy the serenity and beauty of the gardens and were not disappointed. The various courtyards all offer something different to look at and it's enjoyable to stop at the back of the complex and listen to music played on traditional instruments. It's well worth the 25,000vnd entry cost.

Visited May 2013
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“Memorable”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

This place is very beautiful and does not feel like you're in the Vietnam, seems very magical. I suggest getting a tour guide and learn about the historic culture and enjoy the beautiful sights!

Visited May 2013
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“A place of tranquility amid the chaos of Hanoi”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

This old Confucian temple (constructed in 1070) is set inside a walled compound. Inside is a magnificent garden and peaceful surroundings. It is one of several spiritual places which the non-religious Vietnamese are still proud to exploit as a tourist attraction. They have adapted the site to the Vietnamese way of thinking surrounding the father figure of Confucius with motherland images more in keeping with Vietnamese spirituyality. The Vietnamese regard Confucianism and Chinese Communism as different versions of the same brand of oppression of the Vietnamese people.

Nevertheless the Temple was the first University in Hanoi [lacing it along with other old universities in Western culture. It was aplace of learning for the well to do - but had a practical side as the students had to learn horticulture skills to grow food to feed themselves.

It provides another glimpse into the tortured history of Vietnam and its testy relationship with its northern neighbour China. Over the centuries there have been many waves of refuhees and attacking forces that have roamed the country. Vietnam has 54 ethnic minority groups inhabiting its borders - most of them refugees at one time or another from China.

This chequered history can be further appreciated with a visit to the Ethnology Museum and the Museum of History in the french Quarter near the Hanoi Opera House ( a replca of the Opera Garnier from Paris - a fine colonial building and the site of many wedding shoots.

Visited May 2013
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