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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I paid for the audio guide which was useful. There were some explanatory write ups on boards which visitors can read but there were not a lot of those and may be difficult to get close to when it becomes crowded with visitors. The grounds are beautifully maintained and can be covered in an hour. Highly recommended for those into history, culture and architecture.

Thank L3856jermainech
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It's the first University of Vietnam where the King and Queen or royal family study in the past. That's good story to tell with your children about the very simple traditional studying but with excellent students, working so hard...

Thank JennyK713
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Reviewed yesterday

A Must see in Hanoi. Its very well maintained and an eye opener to learn about the history. Pretty and old bonsais all around adding to the beauty of the place.

Thank JammyIndia
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It is a very nice temple and people live here is so welcoming us. Lots of people come to visit both Vietnamese and tourists.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

As the first university of Hanoi the history of the Temple of Literature is interesting and the area is so peaceful considering it is in the centre of Hanoi.We could have spent longer here if we had realised how lovely it would be, but had to get back for one of the excellent free walking tours.

Thank 13AJC13
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A lovely example of ancient Hanoi.Very peaceful and interesting well worth a visit.
The area around the temple is lovely and the gift shop is not over priced. Thoroughly enjoyed our time here

Thank Jeanette B
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Lovely relaxing place to come,away from the noise and the crowds,lovely little coffe shop and historic places to view,Lily ponds to sit and relax by or little shops to browse.

Thank Anne M
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If one is spending more than 3 days in Hanoi, then this education-themed place should be visited. Takes around 30 min to walk the Temple but quite informative audio helps. Opposite the entrance to the Temple is a pond with stalls surrounding it. Well worth a visit as well.

Thank Freedom27127239097
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Temple of Literature is one of the highlights of the visit to Hanoi. It consists of five kitchens with walls. This is one of the great educational institutions of the past several centuries and contains over 82 stela test results of the state exam and short biography of the candidates. I loved it when i came to Hanoi.

Thank david c
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Reviewed 5 days ago

For tourists thinking that a trip to Hanoi is going to be one in which the American Vietnam War will take the top billing, they will be disappointed. Many Hanoi sites harken back to Vietnam's rich history. This is one of them. I was fortunate to visit on a day when the site was not crowded though I understand that this is a popular site for cruise ship busses to disgorge their hordes.

Sadly, no matter what you're reading, the buildings on this site do not date back to the founding of the first university in Vietnam - which took place in the early 11th century. Most of the buildings in the front portion of the cite (the temple of literature portion) date back to the early 1800s. This is particularly interesting to history nerds like myself because in 1802-1803, the last dynasty of Vietnamese kings moved the capital to Hue...marking a period in which Hanoi was not the center of cultural life in Vietnam. Anyway, it's still very old - especially in the context of North American visitors. The main gate is absolutely stunning...but when you go through the main gate, you'll be graced with beautiful views of a garden and ponds and then later a decorative pagoda that has become the symbol of the city of Hanoi. On the left and right side of the main pool, you'll see large stones set on the backs of stone turtles. Apparently, when the king needed trusted advisors/teachers/courtiers/regional representatives, he would hold an exam - sort of a very early civil service exam - but one based on the study of Confucianism. In the early 15th century, the then-king decided to start inscribing the names of those men (and even some women) who passed the exam. It's sort of like a yearbook. Anyway, the there are not only lists of names but also brief descriptions of what was happening in the kingdom in that time. Note that the stones all have Classical Chinese writing as the current form of Vietnamese writing - which is essentially transliterated Classical Chinese - didn't come until later.

The university portion of the compound was, unfortunately, destroyed in 1947 during the war with the French. It was only rebuilt in the late 1990s and early 2000s. But, it's still very interesting and contains some cool artifacts, statues and photos and is well worth a visit.

Oddly not highlighted are the huge bronze bell and the huge traditional drum - each in its own pavilion. When Bill Clinton became the first US president to visit Vietnam since the war, he was granted the high honor of ringing the bell - which had just recently been completed. Shortly thereafter, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited and the Vietnamese wanted to give him an honor too. The drum (the largest in Hanoi) had not yet been completed to they rushed it to completion and decided that Putin would likely prefer to bang on a drum than gently ring a bell.

So this bell and this drum played a delicate roll in Vietnamese foreign relations!!

Thank JSTrip_77
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