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Temple of Literature & National University
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Half-Day Hanoi Private City Tour
Ranked #12 of 276 things to do in Hanoi
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2013

i enjoyed my visit here and was impressed with the layout.

however what was required was more information in english and some other major foreign languages

Visited November 2013
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“1000 year old gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2013

The Temple of Literature is one of the things, Ha Noi Citadel being another, that makes Ha Noi such a fascinating city. A visit to the Temple of Literature brings to light the fact that Ha Noi really is an ancient Asian city.

Known as Van Mieu, the Temple of Literature is considered Vietnam's first University because this is where men came to study in the hopes of becoming mandarins to the King.

The "campus" had been maintained impeccably well and you get a taste of ancient Vietnamese architecture. Some buildings were destroyed by the French in the 1950s - your tour guide can point these out - but many are original, including the turtle stelae.

Suggestion: visit with guides from Hanoi Kids. Their knowledge, and English, is outstanding.

Visited August 2013
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Romania
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“A lot of history with a lot of young life in it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2013

We were lucky to visit the Temple of Literature when college students were celebrating their graduation which I think brought in exactly the right type of atmosphere.
The "temple" itself is impressive in terms of its history and shows the great importance given to study and knowledge in Vietnam as long as 1000 years ago. It has been of course refurbished many times but you have feeling of "new" in almost all temples I have seen in SE Asia.
Don't miss the rows of turtles with the names of former graduates
The site was full of college students taking pictures of themselves and their classmates and it felt right, they belonged there and continued the tradition represented by the temple.
Worth the visit. Go to Koto restaurant before of after (see separate review).

Visited November 2013
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“Don't miss it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

This is a lovely and interesting oasis in the middle of the busy old quarter. It's an old Chinese university and the temples are very much in the Chinese style

Visited October 2013
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“Well weart a trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

This temple used to be a university and is well worth a visit. Although the visit will not take up to much of your time, it will give you an idea of how the local Buddha temples look like. Also have a look at the gardens, they are well worth a look. If you are lucky you will also find some graduates having their pictures taken in the local outfit.
Finally don’t forget to rub the tortoise’s head before leaving, a bit of luck never hurts ;)

Visited October 2013
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