Hanoi: Temple of Literature

Dedicated to Confucius, the Temple of Literature is Vietnam’s first university and one of Hanoi’s major monuments. This temple is very near our hotel, the first stop of our city tour.

A beautiful place to visit and escape the hustle and bustle of the surrounding streets. Approximately 30,000 entrance fee, available audio earphones if required. There are information signs around. Big Chinese influence apparent. Four distinct areas. Amazing bonsai trees. Well worth the visit.

Very interesting insights not only about Vietnam but Confucius and the imperial examination system in general – if you‘re interested in education this is a must see.

For nearly two centuries, despite wars and disasters, the temple has preserved ancient architectural styles of many dynasties as well as precious relics. Major restorations have taken place in 1920, 1954 and 2000.

Third Courtyard of the temple with the Thien Quang well and the red Khue Van pavilion
Turtle Steles with the names of those successful at the royal exams
Altar to Chu Văn An, rector of the imperial academy

Opening hours: 8:30 to 11:30 and 13:30 to 16:30 everyday except Monday and national holidays.
Temple Of Literature: Website
Address: 58 Quốc Tử Giám, Văn Miếu, Đống Đa, Hà Nội

Getting to the temple: It’s about a 10-15 minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake to the Temple of Literature. If you prefer not to walk, you can hop in a cyclo (human-powered bike taxi) and they’ll take you to the temple for a fee. Or take a grab car.

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