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Vietnam Sights

Temple of Literature (Van Mieu)

  • 58 Quốc Tử Giám
  • Building/Architectural Site

Updated 07/10/2013

Fodor's Review

The Temple of Literature, or Văn Miếu, is a treasure trove of Vietnamese architecture and a monument to the importance of education and Confucianism to Vietnam's national identity. Loosely modeled on the temple at Confucius's hometown in China, the nearly 1,000-year-old compound features five manicured courtyards surrounded by the Lake of Literature. Highlights of the Temple of Literature include giant stone turtles, the Constellation of Literature pavilion (a symbol

of modern Hanoi), and the Imperial Academy—Vietnam's first university—which was founded in 1076. It is tradition for students to touch the stone turtles for luck, so don't be surprised to find this place packed with graduates in traditional dress. The Temple of Literature is best experienced with a tour guide since most signs are not in English.

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Sight Information

Address:

58 Quốc Tử Giám, Hanoi, 10000, Vietnam

Phone:

4-6290–8825

Sight Details:

  • 20,000 VND
  • Tues.–Sat., 7:30–11:30 and 1:30–4:30

Updated 07/10/2013

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