Temple of Literature & National University, Hanoi

4.4
World heritage site · Historic Site · Religious Site
Devoted to the Chinese ancient teacher and philosopher Confucius, Temple of Literature & National University houses the first university of Vietnam founded in the 11th century. Constructed under Ly Thanh Tong dynasty in the typical Vietnamese traditional architectural style--from wood and tiles--the temple features five historic courtyards. See the statues representing the ancient teacher and his honored disciples, the 82 stelas commemorating notable scholars, and a small collection of student and mandarin traditional uniforms. Walk the lanes planted with century-old trees and look for a tortoise head--you can see students rubbing it for good luck before taking exams. Plan to visit Temple of Literature & National University and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Hanoi attractions using our Hanoi road trip planner.
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  • Welcome to the "Temple of Literature" ("Van Miêu") and to the "Imperial Academy" ("Quóc Tù Giám")! The temple dates from 1070, was built during the reign of Emperor Lý Thánh Tông and dedicated to...  more »
  • I spent several hours at this Temple and it was a totally wonderful experience. Highly recommend it.  more »
  • We spent nearly two hours here looking around. This is Hanoi's first university and a wonderful example of Vietnamese architecture. Four or five courtyards, many buildings, museums, treasurers and.....  more »
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  • Serene and peaceful. Loved the early morning visit. There are lush gardens and walkways, temples, memorials, and tourist facilities. It's not a very spread out complex, but better to take your time enjoying the environment. Nominal entrance fee. Dedicated to learning and literature.
  • A historic preservation within Hanoi City. This place is the graduation place for the scholars in thousand years ago, built by their king named Ly Thanh Tong. This historic site is preserved well with lush greens plants, shady trees and well maintained facilities. We also get to see some school trip and a speech by a VIP in the vacant area. Their toilet and places are very clean, a big difference when you step out of this place. This place could be better if the road traffic noise is not present.
  • Temple of literature is a amazing destination for those who love history and culture. This place is lush green and has a small water body in its premises. There are many beautiful structures, temples in the premises of this temple and each of them will attract your attention. There is a entry ticket of nominal amount which you need to pay to enter into this amazing location. This place can be accessed by city bus, tax, motorbike or by the hop on hop of service. Temple of literature is not far from the city center. It’s a must visit place during your trip to Hanoi. According to our local guide the students pay a visit before their exams to this place. #templeofliterature
  • A must visit! Quite an expansive ground of a well preserved site, where ancient aristocrats studied. Get an audio guide for maximum appreciation.
  • Nice walk through the gardens led us to the library for scholars of Confucianism, there are explanation tables as well in English. Entry costs 30 Thai baht per person, entry/exit is from the south. Do not forget to entry the very last 2 story building ;) and on the exit way back the nice summer house in the gardens.

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