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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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  • A haven of peace in the middle of the noisy Hanoi. The buildings have been preserved. The visit is fast. Very touristy place.
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  • Very nice place to visit but it was very crowded. Part of the reason for this was that it was graduation time in vietnam so many of the people there were Vietnamese students. This wasn't a bad thing, ...  more »
  • Temple is ok but since there are no proper signs searched forever to find it...and not a nice area to get lost these surroundings (very poor and dirty). We thought there would be a parc around it but ...  more »
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