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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. Put Temple of Literature & National University at the forefront of your travel plans using our Hanoi itinerary planner.
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  • This place was very interesting and it was a welcome break from the hectic streets. It definitely worth having a guide explain everything as you get much more out of it. Use the Free Hanoi Guides serv...  more »
  • This Park of literature, as far as I have followed the guide's explanation, was the focus of the elite of the mandarins trained according to the principles of Confucius. The place is beautiful, and it was operated until the end of French colonization in 1945.
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  • Beautiful place, inexpensive with some lovely temples and statues. We saw the kindergarten graduates in their caps and gowns. So cute.  more »
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