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Temple of Literature

301 Reviews
Memorial Temple
Liked by 27
7:30-18:00 in summer and 8:00-18:00 in winter
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1-2 hours
Address: 58 Quoc Tu Giam, Van Mieu, Dong Da, Hanoi
Official website:
Phone: +84-438-452917 +84-438-235601

What people are saying:

The Temple of Literature was beautiful. It was by far one of the most outstanding scenes in Hanoi. It is definitely worth it to wonder inside. There are beautiful gardens and amazing photo spots.

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4.3/5Very Good
  • kelvinhoyer

    Precious place

    A precious historical relic in Hanoi to learn about the history and culture of Vietnam since 10th century. Love it!

    Reviewed on /Date(1609345328000+0800)/
  • roseraynaud2020

    Nice first university of Vietnam

    Very nice architecture where we enjoyed time to work around in this old university which have very nice pavilion, stone turtles. we feed very peaceful to be here a while. It's not too fare from my hot...

    Reviewed on /Date(1609175122000+0800)/
  • LuizDutraNeto
    Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Remembering Confucius in Hanoi!

    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 Conf...

    Reviewed on /Date(1605324814000+0800)/
  • vbmorra

    Loved this place! So much to see.

    I spent several hours at this Temple and it was a totally wonderful experience. Highly recommend it.

    Reviewed on /Date(1603590776000+0800)/
  • Frances L
    Frances L


    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 s...

    Reviewed on /Date(1596085895000+0800)/

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Additional Information


In 1070 King Ly Thanh Tong founded this temple to the Chinese philosopher Confucius. Six years later, it became home to Hanoi's first university. Even now, more than 200 years after the last national examination, the site's five courtyards still enjoy an atmosphere of higher learning. In 1484 Stele were erected to document the achievements of those who graduated. The Temple is composed of five courtyards, the first two are shady and provide a quiet buffer from the bustle of the surrounding streets, the third contains a large pond known as the "well of heavenly clarity". The fourth hosts the House of Ceremonies which contains a large statue of Confucius. It is flanked by souvenir shops. The last courtyard hold some of the largest structures including a bell tower and drum. Today, art students sit on the grass and try to reproduce the traditional Vietnamese architecture on paper. To get there the temple is also known as Van Mieu, most taxi drivers will know the name.
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