Temple of Literature & National University, Hanoi

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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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  • Nice place to see the ancient education system in Vietnam. They have audio guide offered at the ticket gate. I noticed a lot of young Vietnamese people come here to pay respect and pray in front of Co...  more »
  • Today had been pleasantly surprised to learn that in Vietnam the first University was founded in 1070 a.d. Where taught Confucius philosophy and much more. We survived huge plates with hieroglyphs, so passed knowledge and retains data on graduates of the University. Many statues and pagodas, water pools where Lotus Blossom. Statue of Confucius and moulded bronze bird Phoenix thing my impression from visiting this place.
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  • The temple was built about 1000 years ago to train scholars to work as mandarins in local government and was Vietnam's first university. Dedicated to Confucius it contains 82 carved stelae with the na...  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful and photography-worthy temples in Vietnam. However, when I went it started bucketing down rain and the area started to flood, meaning people could not enter or exit without taking their shoes off. That doesn't detract from the attraction as it is beautiful, but just keep that in mind if it is forecast to rain on your visit. You may want to consider wearing sandals or similar just in case. The only downside is that there are very few English signs around if you are not a Vietnamese local. They do sell audio guides, though a few tourists I spoke to mentioned they were not fantastic. I'd suggest researching the place before you go so that you can appreciate the gardens, stone tablets, etc more during your visit.
  • The location of this place is an advantage for those wanting to visit other famous places inside the central area. They offer a discount price for student at the ticket price of 15,000 VND, so if you are a student, bring your student ID card to get the discount. Honestly, this place is not that much attractive like on the advertisement. The environment is green but the majority of the construction is rebuilt so the historic characteristics are not well remained. No parking area for car, but might be available for bike. However, the bus system is very supportive if you travel inside the center. There is one bus system in front of this place and they also offer discount for student.
  • Hanoi Temple of Literature is the first historical and cultural architecture complex of Hanoi capital as well as Vietnam country. In 1076, the Kinh Ly Nhan Tong allowed to build the Royal college with the purpose as the first university of Vietnam, this architecture was located behind the Temple of Literature, in the first periods this university is just used for the princes, the royals, the gentlemen until 1232 the Temple of Literature has been opened more and selected the locals and persons who learn well to take part in the exams at here. The architecture complex of Hanoi Temple of Literature is situated on the total area around 54331m2. Now a day, in front of Hanoi Temple of Literature still contain a large lake and this lake is called Van Chuong Lake, the old name was still called Thai Ho. This lake looks as a mirror, there are a lot of the different and big trees around the lake so that the tourist will feel very cool and comfortable once walking to this lake in the first time. Hanoi Temple of Literature is located in the center of Hanoi capital, this famous and historical site is mentioned very clearly on Hanoi travel map so that it is very easy for the tourist to find and visit this site from anywhere in Hanoi. Hanoi Temple of Literature is also the proud of Hanoi an as well as all Vietnamese, so that you should not miss to visit this famous destination once travel to Hanoi.
  • It is the oldest University building in Vietnam. The guider audio tour in English is really good. It has detailed information about the history and events of the place. Also there are cultural explanations.
  • One of my favourite place to visit whenever I am in Hanoi! This place has a peaceful and tranquil settings where you can get a gist of life of a scholar in the past.
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